2000 Chevy Astro front shock removal

Tiny
HULINGDR
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  • 2000 CHEVROLET ASTRO
  • 6 CYL
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 75,000 MILES
Using a deep well socket to remove top nut on front shock, entire shaft turns, have been unable to come up with a method to hold the shaft, is there some kind of trick to this?

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Saturday, April 25th, 2009 AT 11:04 PM

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Tiny
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Usually there is a place for a small socket at the end of the shock itself. You hold that with the socket and use an open end wrench on the nut you are turning. If that fails, since the shock is junk already, I will tightly clamp vice grips on the shaft to hold it. If there is a will, there is a way.
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Sunday, May 10th, 2009 AT 8:02 PM
Tiny
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[quote="hulingdr"]Suspension problem
2000 Chevy Astro 6 cyl Two Wheel Drive Automatic 75000 miles

using a deep well socket to remove top nut on front shock, entire shaft turns, have been unable to come up with a method to hold the shaft, is there some kind of trick to this?

Thanks[/quote

My God this is bad. You can not hold it with anything. I am a "never give up" mechanic. I had to take the new shocks to a muffler shop, have them cut the old ones off with a cutting torch and put in the new ones. It was not that bad. I provided the shocks and they only charged me $40.
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Thursday, May 21st, 2009 AT 10:06 PM

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