I have sway bar links where there’s a hexagon slot in the stud coming out of the sway bar link. You use a box end wrench to turn the washer on the stud. The stud will want to turn with the washer. So you use a Alan head key and try and counter turn the wrench to hold the stud still while you back off the washer from the stud.
This probed extremely difficult for me to do. I ended up “rounding out” the hexagon hole in the stud for the Alan key. Looking online, this happens regularly. Even with locking pliers I was not successful. I had to go to a shop.
I live in a apartment a few floors up, so using a power tool, like a grinder, or a saw tool won’t work. I guess there’s always a manual one.
Is a better special purpose tool that I can use for this? There has to be some sort of tool that is meant to keep a stud in place that has an Alan head hole in it still while you back off a washer on it. Can you please point me to such a tool? Also how on earth do you torque down the washer on the new one? This would seem extremely difficult. Would need a small torque wrench, probably an inch pound one because they are smaller. And then a crows foot, and try and turn it the washer tight on it, while you hold an Alan key and try and counter turn it. Doesn’t at all seem easy. Would seem torquing it down to a special torque while you counter turn it with an alan key, would be even harder than removing the washer.
Can you please point me to a special purpose tool for this?