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Old 08-11-2014, 10:49 AM   #1
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This loose bolt: What is it and should I be worried?

Was changing my oil yesterday and noticed this bolt loose... I tried tightening it but it won't go, the nut feels like it's spinning freely.. it's just dangling there. its entirely enclosed by the frame so I can't get to it (i couldn't feel any access at least). I can very easily push it in and it very easily falls back into place. It's driver side, at the rear of the subframe, kind of under where the driver's feet would be if I had to guess.

What does this hold? Should I be worried? This obviously seems like a problem but it also appears to be somewhat auxiliary to me..

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Old 08-13-2014, 06:54 AM   #2
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Figured it out over on saabcentral.. its a bolt that goes into the steering rack. Red arrow depicts where.

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Will you be able to tighten it?
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Old 08-13-2014, 07:19 AM   #4
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probably only critical if you want steering control long-term.
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Will you be able to tighten it?
I sure hope so. A member on the board said I could come at it from the bottom, or the top, but looking from the top I have a hard time even seeing it. I'll get on it this weekend when I have access to my ramps and try from the bottom first.

I have no idea how this could have happened or how long it's been this way. My indie dropped the subframe about a year ago, which is my only guess at this point. I've had it aligned recently, but I doubt they'd touch that bolt at all.
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Looks like a nut and bolt, you'd have to put a spanner on the top nut while cranking down the bottom one. That's why its spinning.

The rack does need to be unbolted when dropping the sub frame I believe.
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Old 08-18-2014, 06:33 AM   #7
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Just to close this up, I got it tightened up this weekend. I found the easiest way was to remove the drivers side wheel and come at it from the hole in the fender & bottom. I couldnt see it from the top, and with ramps and a creeper I didn't have enough clearance to get that far back under the car. It was about a half an inch loose, and there was still another half an inch to go on the threads.. long screw.
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