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help! rusted bolts!

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by TXsizeK5, Nov 5, 2002.

  1. TXsizeK5

    TXsizeK5 1/2 ton status

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    My bolts are rusted and IMPOSSIBLE to get out! Im trying to get out my tire carrier in the back so i can get my carpet out. Its rusted to hell! And im afraid if i keep on trying ill strip it... how do i go about getting it out? Ive sprayed wd40 , ive sprayed rust killer stuff (like wd40) on it. Ive been going at it forever... any advice? Thanks
     
  2. HarryH3

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    Something like PB Blaster or Liquid Wrench works much better than WD-40 for penetrating and loosening badly rusted bolts. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif But if it's too badly rusted you may not have a choice other than breaking the bolts. /forums/images/graemlins/frown.gif
     
  3. CooknwithGas

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    You will want to replace the bolts anyway, so drill it out if you have to. Grade 8 bolts at Lowes are cheap and they come in all the sizes we need for our trucks. If there is a hidden nut, you may have to get a longer bolt and go all the way inside the truck, or you can cut a hole out in your truck to get to the nut if it breaks.

    It's never easy! Keep at it and you will get it.
     
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    Wait till you do a body bushing replacement... PB Blaster is my friend... /forums/images/graemlins/laugh.gif

    Took me all day to mine. /forums/images/graemlins/angryfire.gif
     
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    Try useing PB Blaster let it soak for two or three days it will help a lot

    Eric
     
  6. TX Mudder

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    Here's something else:
    After you have done the rust penetrant spray, TIGHTEN them
    Yes, seriously. Just a little, maybe 1/4 turn.
    That cane make the difference between getting them off or having to drill through them.
    If you can get to the threads, clean them as best you can. Tough wire brush, degreaser, gas, screwdriver, whatever it takes.
    Then use an impact.
    -- Mike
     
  7. txbluethunder

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    if you talking about the ones on the floor with the nice big hex heads, i say drill em out. just drill them in the center with progressively bigger bits till you can just pull them apart. then clean the nuts on the bottom side with a wire brush or a tap and buy new bolts.
     
  8. TXsizeK5

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    IM not planning to put it back in, i just want the sonuva
    b!tch to come out cause i'm pulling the carpet to rhinoline it! Im gunna soak it in wd40 for a while... if still no go, Ill go to a friends shop and try and get it with an impact or air ratchet... if not , guess we'll have to drill it out. =/
     
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    i've had really good luck with this stuff called s'ok. you can actually watch the rust drip away with it.
     

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