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Old 20-Jul-2007, 10:32 AM
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top hat nut

im installing springs on my civic, and i cant seem to get the last nut off on the top hat. i sprayed it down with lubricate and tried heating it up with a torch but nothing seems to be working. if you guys have any ideas of suggestions please let me know thanks
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Old 20-Jul-2007, 12:03 PM
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wd40. let it sit for a few minutes then put a johnson bar to it. when you put it back together be sure to use some anti-seize. that stuff is liquid gold if you work on your car yourself a lot.
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Old 20-Jul-2007, 05:11 PM
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i assume you mean a propane torch...

just heat it up for a good 2-3 minutes.
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Old 26-Jul-2007, 12:38 AM
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are you talking about this nut?

http://www.sexyracing.com/tilt/howto/wrx/suspension/11.jpg

if it's that one I don't know why you would need to heat it up or use a johnson bar. You need to use an impact wrench to take that off otherwise it will just keep spinning. Unless your lucky enough to have a strut that has they allen key thingy so you can hold it in place.
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Old 26-Jul-2007, 06:45 AM
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ya, some have the allen key and pretty sure older ones have just a flat piece you can clamp on some visegrips to make it not spin.
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Old 26-Jul-2007, 09:17 AM
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Originally posted by chris_v2
i assume you mean a propane torch...

just heat it up for a good 2-3 minutes.

This is what I do,
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yeah, propane sucks for heating things up, ihave an oxy acet setup here. As for the nut, nothing works like an impact gun.
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Old 28-Jul-2007, 12:56 PM
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well for the 3 struts i was able to use a allen key with a wrench, but i was able to bring it to a garage to use their impact gun and it worked. thanks for the suggestions
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