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Question DetailsAsked on 8/29/2017

can someone come onsite to remove a frozen bolt?

The bolt securing the ball joint on a 2008 Santa Fe.

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A mobile mechanic can do that, but they are lumped in with shop-based mechanics under the Auto Service category under Search the List, so you will have to google for mobile mechanics in your area, then cross-check those names on Angies List for any ratings/reviews.

Best material I have found to loosen rusted bolts - Liquid Wrench Penetrating Oil - soak the area around where the bolt goes into the bracket (and also from the other end if a through-hole) several times over the course of a few hours, letting sit up to a day till it penetrates the threads and works. Other than one which turned out to have been tack welded where I could not see it, I don't think I have ever had a bolt I could not break free using Liquid Wrench - even on construction and farm equipment which has been sitting outdoors for decades.

Marvel Mystery Oil works almost as well - takes somewhat longer soak time to penetrate though, in my experience. Soem people use sewing machine / gun oil, which are thicker so do not penetrate as well - don't work real well on bolts, fine on brackets and such with larger exposure areas.

Other tricks to loosening rusted bolts - tap with a hammer (don't whale on it, just a few sharp taps) after soaking with liquid wrench. Also, without reefing on it so you risk breaking the bolt or shearing the head off, try turning BOTH ways - tighter and looser, back and forth - will commonly loosen it up pretty quick even after just 5-10 minutes of soaking with the liquid wrench.

If this is the mounting bolt that goes into the ball joint do NOT reef on it hard - break the brackedt and it is pricey.

I couldnot get a clear picture to come up on your ball joints, but if you have a shop manual or Youtube it should tell you - many ball joints with frozen end nut you could just cut the nut off and drive the ball out through the bracket - new balls are not expensive - look like about $12 aftermarket for your car - maybe $30-40 OEM probably.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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