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In this video Eric does a bone head move and snaps off a bolt in the lower control arm that hold on the rear strut. The worst part is he is at work alone with all three kids and this is his only ride. No worries though, it's not his first rodeo. -Enjoy!
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49 thoughts on “Honda civic rear struts : when the s.h.t.f.”
  1. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars EggShell SkullRule says:

    Has any DIYer tried spraying penetrating fluid at suspected or known seized bolts and places frequently a week before the job, like daily?

  2. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars ACathater says:

    Weakest point on the Civic Coupe. Lousy.

  3. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Moses Perez says:

    I have been that life line in many cases but it’s always nice when it’s paid back. Like always love the videos… the wife asks:how do you watch someone do a job you’ve been doing for the past 25 years. Me: I have 3 answers… he’s been though same issues so I can relate. Second he deals with issues Mechanic B/me doesn’t have to see because we live in south Texas and third he’s showing me to be a better husband and dad to y’all.
    My wife: make sure to subscribe and keep the videos coming cause you have been a little sweeter. LOL again thanks Eric

  4. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars griff Hall says:

    100x times harder on NY cars!!!

  5. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Sherri Joubert says:

    I slathered the bolt shanks with never-seize when I put in the new struts. Two years out, those bolts still move pretty easily. I also used lady slipper and a hammer to push the bolts out of the holes.

  6. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars MKRM MD says:

    lol this guy has no idea what he's doing… All you had to do was punch the bolt through, or worst case cut the bolt on other side too… WTF.

  7. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars yeahgoood says:

    Man this is a great video. Good to know these options for the inevitable time when…. the S.H.T.F !!!

  8. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars CHRISTOPHER D HERMAN says:

    Torch.

  9. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars James Dvorak says:

    "Smells like burning tires. Reminds me of my youth." LOL

  10. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Robert Simpson says:

    Child labor??😉

  11. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars chuck rafiki says:

    Why couldnt you use the torch to heat up the bolt and also spray some thread loosener and try to use a standard socket wrench on it?

  12. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Aleksei Ivanov says:

    We usually use angle grinder to fight with seized bolts in Russia. The torch is too dangerous I think. Even just to have it in workshop(because of oxygen). But in that case we cut the nut from the arm either. Then we use simple nut(not welded to the arm) and new bolt.

  13. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Keith Dintze says:

    We don't break bolts where I live. My Bush's never seized up. Got a 27 year old car just change struts piece of cake. You could always move to Phoenix

  14. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Don V says:

    Obviously I’m playing catch up here. Woulda tried Big Nasty with the blunt attachment alternating between the bolt head and a pointed attachment into the bushing to break the rust bond. That and the juice. Or if you’re not in a pickle like that, I’ve had good success with the spray it and try on the morrow method. 🙂

  15. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Antonio Claudio Michael says:

    Good work Eric O sometimes things go Wrong nice repair @SouthMainAutoRepairLLC

  16. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Andy D says:

    I just watched this vid for the first time. Been there with broken bolts. I was curious if you have seen the newer inductive (bold busters) I have seen videos of them removing some seriously rusted bolts. Just an idea. Keep up the great videos.

  17. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Johnny Sechrist says:

    Cut more than a few shock/struts off with the trusty sawzall.

  18. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Keith Falconi says:

    My son is 4 right now, I cant wait until he’s a bit older to help me out in my garage/shop. Hes getting his first tool set for Xmas this year. Great stuff and god bless.

  19. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars mark stanulewich says:

    saw all cut both side?????

  20. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars John Cunnington says:

    Torch is the way to go. If you live in the rust belt and own rusty junk get a torch. That's all there is to it.

  21. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars mike marshall says:

    How about a Sawzall to slice down both sides, cut thru sleeve and bolt

  22. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Craig White says:

    A sawalls works wonders too!!

  23. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Chris N says:

    Gotta swap the rears out of my rusty '09 CRV. Think it would be easier just to buy new bolts and cut everything out of the bottom mount?

  24. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Rey Concepción says:

    Just keep going who cares , you will find the way

  25. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars KEN MCCORMICK says:

    we all have our really dumb moments!!!

  26. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars elwhastrummer says:

    Pretty surgical with the hot wrench, there Eric…
    Good work. Even did it without jumping up and down and swearing and throwing wrenches, like many others would do….

  27. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jim Schaefers says:

    I know it's an older video, but I'm just now viewing it. Had to do the rear lateral arms on my impreza and the bolts were seized in the bushings. Luckily they don't use captive nuts and I was able to get enough space to get a cut off wheel up in between the bracket and bushing to slice the blot off on both sides of the bushing. The nut came off, the bolt sizes in the bushing, and the bolt head all in separate pieces. Unfortunately, I had to purchase new cam bolts, but I'm only a small shade tree mechanic without a torch. Love the videos and am currently going through all of them.

  28. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Mike Hood says:

    You, sir, need to get a good cut off saw or air saw off the tool truck. Torches are a pain.

  29. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Alaskan Wolf says:

    I've never heard of Fluid Film before watching your vids.

  30. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jacob Marley says:

    half the battle is a fastener sometimes

  31. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Tyler Williams says:

    ive work on dodges and this happens all the time to the front lower control arms/struts what ive found to help is using the induction heater (in the last video i watched of yours) and work the bolt back and forth to break free of that sleeve with a large breaker bar. also found it to help if you have someone on the nut side with an air hammer to give it a good ole shock or two. i know this is a old video but all your videos i learn something new so just trying to pay back the favor!

  32. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Frank Maggio says:

    I had this happen to me with a Northern 98 Golf GTI driver's side lower control arm. spun the bolt seized to the inner sleeve. As I turned the bolt it actually deformed the metal pocket it was in! So I had to cut the arm at the bushing like you did. Then a grinder to cut into bushing housing like you did. Gridded the rubber to expose the metal sleeve. Had to cut 2 areas of the sleeve to relieve the seized bolt. when I finally got her out the threads were partially striped. Had to use a new 10.9 bolt. All in all it took me about 3-4 hrs of geinding. lol. A touch would have been way faster. So know I know when dealing with Northern cars……be prepared!!! Keep up the great videos!!!!!

  33. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Benny jetsaroundtheworld says:

    What a nice little car though

  34. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars William Dawson says:

    Life has its way to remind use when we act without thinking that you are being dumb.

  35. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Mark McKelvy says:

    Torqued down to factory specs.

  36. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Mark McKelvy says:

    Welcome back to the self made auto channel.

  37. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Armando Ramirez says:

    V

  38. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars xelaju8 says:

    Great vid. Thanks.

  39. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars 1976jdk says:

    Try drilling a hole through the bottom mount bushing and inner bushing and spray oil into the oil.

  40. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Sandmansa says:

    If your trying to save and reuse the old bolts, then what you did with the 2nd strut is the only way. Cut the strut collar out, burn the rubber off and heat the bushing and nut till they glow. Then you can just zip them bolts right out with an impact gun.

  41. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Dbz Legends says:

    Why didn't you just tac a nut on the broken stud?

  42. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jeremy Rebel says:

    I'm an auto technician for 23 years and those can be a pain in the…. I have had luck sometimes heating the head of the bolt with medium heat to transfer the heat all the way thru the bolt and then work the impact gun back and forth to free it up. I would say it's less than 50% but when it works it saves alot of time.

  43. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars michieff says:

    I get why you torched the strut off but when you're down to the metal bushing just cut it off with a sawzall? Granted, not as much fun as torching it to the smitherins 😂