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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-01-2016, 09:17 AM Thread Starter
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Captive Nut on Passenger Side Lower Control Arm Spinning!

The captive nut on my daughters 2006 chevy cobalt passenger side lower control arm is just spinning! I've tried jamming everything under the sun along side what feels like a rectangular nut spinning around inside. Can i cut the head of the bolt off and push the bolt up thru the top of the sheet metal tower and replace it with a regular nut and bolt?
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-01-2016, 09:39 AM
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Try welding the nut in place...

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There is very little access to this captive nut! I'm barely able to get my finger tips in to feel the top of the bolt spinning and the nut going around in the cage. I've stuck screw drivers in thru the side and some 3/8" stock and it just push's it up and the nut continues to spin!
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-12-2016, 02:38 PM
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Can the back tab of the cage be bent outward to release the nut? I thought I read that somewhere.
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Yup. I broke off the cage and put a 1" open ended (I think) wrench on it it's not a hexnut it's a rectangular piece of steel

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