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Old 06-01-2012, 11:01 PM
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I am trying to change the shock on my 2003 Dodge Ram 2500 4x4. The captive nut on the bottom of the drivers side shock broke free and is just spinning now. How do I get the bolt off without dismantling the whole spring and assembly? Does anyone know what size that nut is? I am having a hell of a time trying to get a wrench or anything in there to grab it. Thanks for any help!
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I am trying to change the shock on my 2003 Dodge Ram 2500 4x4. The captive nut on the bottom of the drivers side shock broke free and is just spinning now. How do I get the bolt off without dismantling the whole spring and assembly? Does anyone know what size that nut is? I am having a hell of a time trying to get a wrench or anything in there to grab it. Thanks for any help!
I had something similar happen except the heads snapped off the bolts in my lower control arms and I had to remove the entire spindle and remove the springs to get a torch and some channel locks to remove the rust of the bolt. But try using a nut splitter if you can and then go in and heat the surrounding metal a little and try using channel locks, if you cannot get in then just spend the weekend and remove the assembly. Better to remove the assembly this ways you don't risk damaging anything and you are pretty much promised to fix the issue. Anyways have fun.
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Thanks for the advice. The weather has been terrible here since I tried last. I am going to give it a shot tomorrow and see what happens. Ill post an update.
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I was able to work a socket into the back where the captive nut was and hold it with a magnet while clicking in an extension through the small access hole. Then I put a socket wrench on the bolt and used a breaker bar with a piece of 3/4" pipe to break the nut free and back it out.

I picked up two new captive nuts from Dodge to replace the old ones. I'm just assuming i'll need the other one. I'd rather have it and not need it.

It took forever to do but I finally got the old shock out and the new one in. On to the otherside tomorrow. . .

Thanks for the suggestions all.
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I was able to work a socket into the back where the captive nut was and hold it with a magnet while clicking in an extension through the small access hole. Then I put a socket wrench on the bolt and used a breaker bar with a piece of 3/4" pipe to break the nut free and back it out.

I picked up two new captive nuts from Dodge to replace the old ones. I'm just assuming i'll need the other one. I'd rather have it and not need it.

It took forever to do but I finally got the old shock out and the new one in. On to the otherside tomorrow. . .

Thanks for the suggestions all.
Good job, got it all fixed up. Yea it can be a pain to remove a shock when the hardware is seized, when it happened to me I had to remove the control arms and I just bought stainless steel hardware cause I couldn't go through that hell again.
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I just did the front shocks in my 06 last week. What a pain in the ASS!!! Every nut and bolt fought me to the last thread. Took me over 10 hours! I've done shocks many times before and if it took me longer than 2 hours something was wrong. I hope my rear shocks aren't as hard
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