Rusty control arm bracket bolts still usable?

ieatglue

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Nov 20, 2011
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IIRC, the threads add no strength to the bolt. All the stress is put on the shank. Here's what mine look like. I torqued them down (as much as I thought was safe) after doing my bushing replacement, but when I drove the truck, the bracket slipped outwards. Should I torque them down again to 185 ft-lb, or should I buy some new ones? Dealer wants $9.50+13% each, and would take him about 3-4 days to order. Brafasco has some for $2.29 each, but they come in a hex socket head

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Damn Canadian winters!

UPDATE:
I gave that b***h a torquing! B***hes love torquings!!
I set my torque wrench to 150ft-lbs (max) and torqued them down! Then went an additional 1/16th's of a turn. No snapping noises were heard.

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ieatglue

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Nov 20, 2011
152
$10 for a bolt? Seriously?? *cough*dealermarkup*cough*


I tightened the crap out of them. If the bracket slips again, I'll go ahead and replace them. I was thinking of spraying them down with some salty water to get that rust working again haha
 

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