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04 PT Cruiser pencil strut upper bolt rusted off

 
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Old 21 Dec 2015, 10:35 am
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Default 04 PT Cruiser pencil strut upper bolt rusted off

My pencil strut mount upper bolt rusted off and can't get the rest of the bolt out of the hole, I don't have that pencil strut mount on right now but been running the car that way since summer, I didn't think it would bother it without it on that much, does anyone know if it would do much damage if I leave it off? If I need it on can it wait till spring/summer to work on it? I should of asked right away but at the time I didn't think it was a big important thing at the time.

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Old 21 Dec 2015, 05:40 pm
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Default Re: 04 PT Cruiser pencil strut upper bolt rusted off

drill it out and install a new bolt and nut......
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Old 21 Dec 2015, 08:19 pm
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Default Re: 04 PT Cruiser pencil strut upper bolt rusted off

Ummmm, since I'm apparently the forum idiot, I have to ask WTF is a pencil strut? We probably have a different term for it where I'm from.
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Old 21 Dec 2015, 08:33 pm
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The only reason I know what it is..
The top bolt broke off when I was removing it
due to rust...
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Old 22 Dec 2015, 07:44 am
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Thanks for the picture, MJ. I've actually had mine off and just called it a support brace. I had no idea it had an actual name!
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Default Re: 04 PT Cruiser pencil strut upper bolt rusted off

I was planning on drilling it out and putting a new bolt and nut on, could it wait until the weather gets nice again like spring/summer or is it important to get right away?

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Old 25 Dec 2015, 01:30 pm
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Default Re: 04 PT Cruiser pencil strut upper bolt rusted off

I've had these bolts break on two PTs so far. I'd recommend fixing it now before driving it.
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