[DML] Driving DMC on salted roads - trailing arm bolts
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[DML] Driving DMC on salted roads - trailing arm bolts



If one insists on driving on salty roads (seaside drivers may also 
experience this), and maybe everyone should do this, I highly recommend 
lubing the trailing arm bolts.

The PO drove my car on MN winter roads.  As such I had frame damage 
which has been repaired.  One of the problem areas was the trailing arm 
bolt which was frozen to the trailing arm.  Since the bolt goes through 
the frame then through the arm where it is bolted, I had to cut it off.  
I could get the nut off the bolt but the trailing arm would not come off 
the bolt.  Once off I tried a variety of ways to get the remaining bolt 
out of the trailing arm but no luck.  I bought new trailing arms.

As such, it seems good practice to:
- periodically check that the trailing arm bolt is not rusting to the 
trailing arm.  You should be able to rotate the bolt in the frame and 
trailing arm.  Re-torque after testing.
- apply  grease to the bolts and tube

As indicated, this is a MUST for anyone driving in salty weather. It may 
also be good practice for the rest of us.


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