I ordered a UWS single-lid tool box in Jan. The other day when I opened the lid i heard a pop like something broke. It turns out that the hardware that held the ball stud for the lift cylinder came loose on the one side and the nut had fallen off. Easy fix, or so I thought. I cannot seem to figure out how to get the ball stud mounted back on with the limited space and small opening of the bottom mounting bracket. I spent about 3 hrs trying to fix it with little progress. Just not enough space for tools. I feel like an idiot to have to ask but how do i get my lift cylinder back on?
asked by: Chris H
I went down to our showroom and took a closer look at a comparable box to the UWS Toolbox, # UWS00403. I see what you mean about limited space. Here is what I think you can do.
When I disassembled one of the lift arms, I found it easier to work if the arm itself was removed. To do this you will need to use a small flat head screwdriver and pry off the small retainer clip. Do this on both ends and you can pull the arm off of the ball.
That will give you more room. The box that I was working on seemed to either have that bottom assembly welded to the bracket or had a lot of powder coating on it. Either way, it was not budging. But i was able to determine what I would do. I could get my finger back there so I knew I would be able to hold the nut in place while I got the bolt started from the other side.
To get it tight, I determined that I would have to wedge the handle of a small screwdriver or another tool and apply as much pressure as I could while tightening the bolt. You can also place the nut inside of a box end wrench and hold it in place while getting the bolt started. It should then be easy to tighten it down from the other side with the appropriate sized wrench.
expert reply by: Michael H
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