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Installing shocks on my 2015 Ford Flex Top Bolt seems to just spin cant get any torque on it, whats the solution. I do not have an assistant. I don't want to damage new shock.
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Ford Mechanic: Dan, Technician replied 8 months ago
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Ford Mechanic: Dan, Technician replied 8 months ago

Front or rear?

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
Rear
Ford Mechanic: Dan, Technician replied 8 months ago

Did you set vehicle down so weight of car is pushing shock up into place?

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
not sure if I tried torque wrench after I loaded shock.
Customer reply replied 8 months ago
Do you think that would be enough to allow me to torque the bolt
Ford Mechanic: Dan, Technician replied 8 months ago

Probably, try it and let me know. Thanks.

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
will do
Ford Mechanic: Dan, Technician replied 8 months ago

Thanks, ***** ***** updated.

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
Not getting any torque on it. I assume its spinning. not able to get a box or open end on it due to space constraints only a deep well socket.
Customer reply replied 8 months ago
I tried a stubby ratchet but no leverage, wont turn at all
Ford Mechanic: Dan, Technician replied 8 months ago

I'll open question back up to see if someone else has some suggestions.

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
Sorry for the delay in responding, I had to go to work and I am going to have to go again shortly but I would appreciate any help you can give me. I have a 2015 Ford Flex std v6. I have installed new shocks and I am having difficulties getting the top bolt to torque. I used my impact wrench to tighten it and it seems fairly tight. When I go to torque the nut it just turns. I have tried it with the shock loaded. The access doesn't allow me room for a standard 18mm wrench, I have tried a stubby ratchet wrench but I dont get enough leverage to be able to turn the wrench. My only solution is a deepwell socket but then theirs no way to hold the shock rod. Have any ideas or tricks up your sleeve?
Ford Mechanic: Chris (aka- Moose), Technician replied 8 months ago

How much torque is on the nut so far? It only need 41 lb-ft.

Once thing you can do is get a piece of sandpaper and fold it so both sides are sand out. Cut it into a round circle about 2 inch diameter with a hole in the center. Place that over the stud between the body and shock on the underside. This wll help prevent the shock from spinning while torquing.

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Hello Chris here again,

I am checking in to make sure you got everything you expected from my answer. The option to rate my response or reply is still available. I want to make sure you were pleased with what you paid for.

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