Pivot bolt replacement & parking brake tweak
Todays goal was to replace the pivot bolt which could break off thus causing the car to stick in gear. This is not a ‘huge’ safety issue like the trailing arm bolts, but important none the less. Plus it only costs $7 for the bolt.
Always jack the car up and make sure it is supported. For this job, I just jacked up the rear of the car. The bolt is located in the middle of the car in a small cutout in the frame. Its a tight fit. Removing the old bolt is no problem, and easily done with a box and socket wrench.
Putting the new bolt in could tend to be an issue, as the head has an allen opening, and the allen wrench is included with the bolt. I found it easiest to cut the allen wrench handle in half for a better fit in the small hole you have to work. Tape the end of the cut wrench with some electrical tape, as you do not want sharp metal to come in contact with the fuel line right above you.
In terms of the locking nut, on my car it just fit on and didn’t have a lot of room to work its way up the bolt. No problem. Also, make sure you do not over tighten the bolt or the locking nut, the tighter it is the stiffer and harder it will be to shift. You may need to make an adjustment after the fact, I had to loosen mine a bit.
All in all not a bad job. Also spent a few minutes to adjust the parking break. Turned out both sides needed a bit of a twist, before the car would not hold itself on an incline with the break engaged.