I've been trying to find new lower control arm bolts, the ones on the truck are completely stuck. There is no way they are coming out without destroying them. They are NOT available from any Dodge dealership or other online source. I have been in contact with corporate and they were supposed to be available in the beginning of November now he just said they won't be available until January. I have tried different online vendors and ebay. No one has them. The truck has been sitting for 2 months now. Corporate offered me a 6% off certificate for a new dodge truck and a fair KBB value for trade in. Unfortunately I can't afford a brand new truck.
Does anyone have one spare bolt lying around? I know I can have a machine shop make them if I had something for them to copy or the specs. Corporate refused to send me the specs on the bolts. At work we just had our machine shop make up 6 special metric bolts for a heavy duty gearbox, which were no longer available. Any help appreciated.
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Parting out would be good.....going to a pick and pull does me nothing. I can't get the bolts out with a 3/4 rand and heat. I destroy the bushings which is fine, I have all new lower control arms. I still need the bolts.
The bolts are definitely cam bolts and the nut is special as well. If you look through my posts, you'll find a thread on when I needed to change bolts, bushings etc and you'll find pictures and descriptions of those components there. The cam is used in your alignment, so no cam, no alignment - a standard grade 8 won't work.
When I got my replacement parts, I was able to get new bolts from the dealership, but I couldn't get the nuts, so I had to take care of how I cut the old bolts that were seized so that I didn't damage the nut with it's associated cam washer - I show this in that thread as well.
There's a parts manual in the sticky section of this forum that has these in it - take that page with you to the dealership and see what you can find. For sure, you won't get any after-market or generic bolts that will do the trick. If you look at the pic of that bolt that FrenicX posted, you'll see a shape at the end (the flat areas by the thread) - these are there to align the cam washer at that end, so if you want to get a machine shop to make you some, they need to have that feature as well.
Before you cut the bolts (you need to cut both ends, the shaft is rusted and expanded, and fused onto the bushing), mark the cam and the slotted frame on the truck where the cam sits - this will allow you to put the new ones on in the same place so that your alignment will be close to OK and then you'll need to get a full front end alignment to iron out any small differences.
If you use an angle grinder to cut the bolts, wear face and hand protection - that grinder can jump out at you really fast and in those close quarters, your face is a good target.
Just name a price I'll take it. I can even send it back to you if you want it back. The machine shop I use should be able to make that. I'll have them make a drawing and save the specs in case other people need these. As far as I know from corporate they are not supposed to be available from dodge until January, but they also said that for November so who knows. Does anyone know if these bolts are hardened? I don't think I'll have them coated, I'll just anti seize them.