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Think I screwed myself- Sway bar link @ LCA

I have a squeak in the front drivers side area. Sounds like rubber on metal. I couldn't quite pinpoint it so I unhooked the sway bar link from the lower control arm. Still squeaking so I tried to thread the bolt back into the LCA. Of course it cross threaded. Now I'm kicking myself. I think it's really messed up. My question is can I drill out the LCA and use a nut and bolt?


I'm trying to find a pic. Give me a sec. Borrowed from HEMI's thread. Thanks!



The bolt I'm referring to goes into the LCA in the blue circle.
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You could try a helicoil (thread insert). You would have to drill it out to put the insert in but you would not have to drill all the way through our drill it out as big.
http://www.emhart.com/products/helicoil.asp

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My question is can I drill out the LCA and use a nut and bolt?
There's no reason you can't use a nut and bolt there ... just don;t get one from the local dollar store

It needs to be a a proper automotive grade (grade 10.9 Metric or Grade 8 regular) bolt with a "Flange Lock" nut, or I guess a good dollup of Loktite.

Personaly I don;t think a grade 5 bolt is strong enough.

Try a 1/2" and see if it will go through the sway bar busing (1/2" is a little bigger than the Metric 12mm stock bolt) you'll need one 3" long fine or course thread (preference to fine)

The bolt that's on it now is a M12X 1.75 X 75mm long it sticks through about 3 or 4 threads

... so you'll need another 10mm longer for the nut and maybe a bit more for a lock washer ... so say a M12X 1.75 X 90mm long ... there's no reaosn you could not use a fine thread M12X 1.25 X 90mm it might even be a bit better.

Let us know how it goes!
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I remember that hole being blind.
I,m not sure drilling through the arm is an option, but....
If you only got 2 or 3 threads in before you realized they were crossed, why don't you just run a tap through it and straighten the threads back out?
I can't believe you got so deep in as to wreck the entire run of threads as I would expect the bolt to have broken first.

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X2 on what robby said. Unless you cross threaded the whole bolt then it should be easily fixable.




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I remember that hole being blind.
I,m not sure drilling through the arm is an option, but....
If you only got 2 or 3 threads in before you realized they were crossed, why don't you just run a tap through it and straighten the threads back out?
I can't believe you got so deep in as to wreck the entire run of threads as I would expect the bolt to have broken first.

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I missed that ...indeeed ... if it can be tapped that should be the first option ... On my '06 the hole isn't blind though
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Don't stress too bad about this!!! I did the same thing when installing my lift and I completely panicked. I drove to a local garage (with the sway bar disconnected) and they used a very simple thread chaser tool to re-set the threads. After that the bolt went right in. It took two minutes and they didn't even charge me for it.
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OK good news. I stopped off at a Goodyear service center on the way home and they tapped the hole and fixed the squeak. All for $16! I am a very happy camper.

The squeak ended up being the lower ball joint. He poked a little hole in the boot and sprayed in some PB Blaster. When it starts squeaking again I'll spray some lithium grease or similar stuff in it.

He did say that I did right by not forcing it. Duh! He said that some of his guys have cross threaded stuff like this and sent it out like that. I'm glad I was able to watch him work and even help a bit.

I was going to try tapping it but all I've got is a el cheapo tap and die set and I did not want to make it worse.
Thanks to all for the advice and help!
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OK good news. I stopped off at a Goodyear service center on the way home and they tapped the hole and fixed the squeak. All for $16! I am a very happy camper.

The squeak ended up being the lower ball joint. He poked a little hole in the boot and sprayed in some PB Blaster. When it starts squeaking again I'll spray some lithium grease or similar stuff in it.

He did say that I did right by not forcing it. Duh! He said that some of his guys have cross threaded stuff like this and sent it out like that. I'm glad I was able to watch him work and even help a bit.

I was going to try tapping it but all I've got is a el cheapo tap and die set and I did not want to make it worse.
Thanks to all for the advice and help!
Thanks for the update! ... yes a broken TAP as ALL you needed in there ... good move.

Those cheap taps can be very brittle somtimes ... I decent tap would have probably cost a good portion of the $16 they charged too
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