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Old March 24th, 2010, 09:36 PM   #1
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HELP! Trying to lower my car

Allright its been about 18 months since ive actually adjust the height my tein super streets. Of the 4 coilovers i can get one of them to actually spin. The other 3 are really stubborn. Tried spraying some WD-40 but it doesnt seem to make a difference. Any suggestions or tips?
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Old March 25th, 2010, 12:09 AM   #2
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Start working out more often.
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Old March 25th, 2010, 12:29 AM   #3
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Thank god it doesn't snow in Southern California. Phew, no salt for us!

Just push REALLY hard with those spanner wrenches boy.



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Old March 25th, 2010, 01:42 AM   #5
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^ pb blaster works wonders
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Old March 25th, 2010, 02:50 AM   #6
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Pb Blaster...and dont try and spin them down..spin them up first. Then soft wire brush to take the corrosion off.. . .
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use the lubricants like people have said and also a rubber mallet comes in handy
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Old March 25th, 2010, 11:06 AM   #8
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so pb blaster would be good for pre cat delete bolts?
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Old March 25th, 2010, 02:57 PM   #9
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Reposting a prior post:

Machinist's Workshop V20 number 2, April/May 2007, page 35

Article: “Testing Penetrating oils”
This reports a test of penetrating oils where they measured
the force required to loosen rusty test devices. The
details reported here were validated by the original
article author. He also added some details on the methods.
You must buy the issue if you want to see how they did the
test. The back issue is available for purchase.
The table below extracts the results table The lower the
number of pounds the better. Interesting that a simple mix
of acetone and power steering fluid (PSF) works the best!


Penetrating oil - Average load -Price per fluid ounce
None ...............516 pounds -- 0
WD-40 ..............238 pounds --$0.25
PB Blaster..........214 pounds --$0.35
Liquid Wrench ......127 pounds --$0.21
Kano Kroil .........106 pounds --$0.75
PSF-Acetone mix ....53 pounds ---$0.10 (50/50 mix)

Note from original article author:
1) These are loads required to free the test piece after
8 hours of immersion in penetrating oil. This is
probably not representative of a quick squirt just
before a wrench is applied.
2) The original article states ATF was used in the DIY
mix. It was actually PSF.
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Old March 25th, 2010, 10:04 PM   #10
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Winter according to your post im better off not using any penetrating oil?

Just talked to a local shop and he's suggesting that I hold the key for the perch with one and take a swift swing with a hammer to break the seal between the 2 aluminum perches.

BTW I appreciate all the suggestions.

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Old March 25th, 2010, 11:18 PM   #11
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I think you have it backwards Michael...

The best result was the PSF-Acetone mix, with a required 53 pounds of force to break it free.



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Old March 26th, 2010, 04:43 AM   #12
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CRV 33,
As Doctor X stated, the least torque required was the power steering fluid (PSF) - acetone mix. Kroil, a standard in industry maintenance tool cabinets, and Liquid Wrench did fairly well too. Also, I assume that the author meant 'ft-lbs.' when he used the units 'lbs'. Applying a small amount of penetrating oil or silicon to the collar threads during initial installation would be helpful.
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