Help: Front lower shock nut is not welded on bolt just spins
2004 Ram 2500 Cummins 5.7 4WD.
So I had a heck on a time getting the rears off last week and replacing those shocks. But at least you could get to the nuts.
Now working on the fronts and the lower Nut is not welded on and the little metal bar that is supposed to help undo the bolt completed sheered off. It just spins and my attempts to get something in there to hold it in place has now rounded off the nut. I have used a ton of PB Blaster already (matter of fact, did it a few days in a row since I had so much trouble with the rears).
I went ahead and just cut the shock off about 2-3 inches from the bottom mount.
I even bought a cresent variable wrench (similar to a pipe wrench) and could get a decent grab on the nut but it just eventually slips as well.
What other options do I have besides the following:
take spring out and just cut through the bolt
If that is my only option, what do I have to do to get the spring out?
2004 Dodge Ram 2500 SLT Quad Cummins 5.9 4WD