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Has anyone on here been successful getting the rear upper shock bolts out with out all of them breaking??? Yes... all four upper bolts snapped. I was using a 3/8 drive ratchet with a 12" extension. I had to drill all of them out and re-tap them. Also, do the seals on the rear axles have a tendency to leak alot?? my left rear brake assy seems to be coated in diff lube. How tough is it to change a seal???
 

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Has anyone on here been successful getting the rear upper shock bolts out with out all of them breaking??? Yes... all four upper bolts snapped. I was using a 3/8 drive ratchet with a 12" extension. I had to drill all of them out and re-tap them. Also, do the seals on the rear axles have a tendency to leak alot?? my left rear brake assy seems to be coated in diff lube. How tough is it to change a seal???
They snap alot. I snapped 3 of 4 on my wrangler but tried a different method with the cherokee. I used an impact gun. Loosen just a bit, tighten back up, loosen again, tighten..etc till it comes out, along with a ton of rust. They came right out and I am positive they would've broke if i didn't do it this way. They were fully rusted.

What rear axle you have?
 

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Auto tranny with no ABS.. I think the rear end is a Chrysler 8.5. The Cherokee is a 2001 with 65.000 miles.
 

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Auto tranny with no ABS.. I think the rear end is a Chrysler 8.5. The Cherokee is a 2001 with 65.000 miles.
Ok i am familiar with the dana 35 but have yet to take apart my 8.25 so it's new to me like it is to you. I'll let someone else chime in on it. Maybe it's the same as the dana 35. The axle shafts come out and then you cut/pick off the seal at the end of the tube. Next you clean off the mating surface and tap in the new seal. I use a piece of flat wood to tap it in straight. Can anyone tell me if this is the same procedure as the 8.25?
 

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done it 4 times, just for fun, and no probs yet
 

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I drilled all of the broken bolts out but broke a 5/16-18 tap while re-threading them. (I think I had a bad tap). So, as soon as I get the broken tap out and finish that one hole, I'll be done.... With the shocks at least. Next I have to fix a leak on the left rear axle seal. I think I'll top off the axle and wait for the Spring.
 

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I have a 91 and have yet to snap a single bolt. Plenty of PB blaster and the fact that the jeep has never been in the heavy salted roads area...Rust is the main reason bolts snap.

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You su******

I thought the only guy to ever get the rear shocks off w/o breaking the bolts was the guy who took the pictures for the Haynes repair manual.
 

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I thought the only guy to ever get the rear shocks off w/o breaking the bolts was the guy who took the pictures for the Haynes repair manual.

;) So true.....


I broke one of mine off. Couldn't get that dam thing out if my life depended on it. So I just got a similar sized bolt, cut the head off, and then welded the threaded shaft straight to the broke off bolt! Worked great till I sold it a year later. (different XJ) :thumbsup:
 

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The local dealership says that they break the bolts off and drive the sheared bolt and nut straight through and then drop a bolt through the top and install a nut. Another reminder of why I work on my own $h!T!!! I bought a tap extractor to retrieve the broken tap that is left in one of my right shock tower mounting holes. If anyone ever breaks a tap, go to MSC industrial tools and type in tap extractor.
 

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To get mine out I used a 3/8" drive with an extension as well. I loosened as much as I could, then when I started getting resistance I'd tighten it a couple of times, then loosen. I went back and forth like this for a while. Did manage to break 2 though.
 

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none of mine broke?!?!?!?!?
and i live in road salted northern indiana, and my jeep has over 250000 miles on it
but im lucky, when i lifted it, i made BPEs for the rear and am running F150 shocks, so i never have to take the bolts out again, just the monster 5/8 bolt holding the shock to the mount :)
 

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none of mine broke?!?!?!?!?
and i live in road salted northern indiana, and my jeep has over 250000 miles on it
but im lucky, when i lifted it, i made BPEs for the rear and am running F150 shocks, so i never have to take the bolts out again, just the monster 5/8 bolt holding the shock to the mount :)
:thumbsup: You are real lucky my friend, luckier then most probably.
 

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broken shock bolts

Hi ,I decided to change my shocks late afternoon yesterday. I knew I should not have stsrted a projet late in the day. First bolt...snap, seccond...snap, third ....snap fourth...snap. My drill bit all stunk, I wound up driving home with no sjocks in the rear.
 

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Hi ,I decided to change my shocks late afternoon yesterday. I knew I should not have stsrted a projet late in the day. First bolt...snap, seccond...snap, third ....snap fourth...snap. My drill bit all stunk, I wound up driving home with no sjocks in the rear.
Get a punch and a big hammer. Pound them up and you might get lucky and break all the nuts off. They are only tack welded. If you get em off then go buy some 1" or was it 1.5" (?) bolts and nuts and fish it up and over into the holes.
 

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On my 97 I broke 2 and 2 came off, just drilled out broken bolts and re tapped . On my sons 96 I think all 4 broke. I think 2 of the bolts broke loose also on his. The two that I could we drilled and re tapped and the others we got some steel and bent it do to over the hole and drilled and tapped where necessary.
 

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Didn't break any on my 85...and the shocks that were on there before the lift looked very old. Guess I'm just lucky!
 

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all 4 of mine busted with almost no effort at all. i drilled through them and ran new grade 8s through the top.
 
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