I bought the car several years ago - slightly used (and LOVE it!!). Over the past couple of months - both side steps (driver and passenger side) are now "splitting." The top and bottom portions seem to be coming apart. Dealer says to replace w/ no fix option. Attached picture is not...
bolts used are 12mm x 1.75 x 6" x 3" of usable thread (these happen to be volvo 240 head bolts)
tighten evenly.... incrementally and the hub splits without too much fuss
whats left can be removed with a bearing puller and a die grinder (for the race)
i replaced a front wheel hub today and never thought about it until it was off the car then realized there is no room to get the studs out from back of the hub while it is together.
am i missing something easy and obvious?