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Striped bolt holding flexplate on the crank, please help!

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by dawson444, Nov 22, 2003.

  1. dawson444

    dawson444 1/2 ton status

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    Well I am stupid I know, but I tried to get my flexplate off. Only thing is I put a 9/16 on it instead of a 14mm. So 2 of them are striped on there. A 14mm socket just slips and a 13mm won't go on there. Please help me! Thanks!
     
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    if cant beat on an oddball sized socket, then will probably have to weld a nut to the bolt head to remove it

    if you are talking about the bolts that hold theplate to the crankshaft snout then they arelarger than 9/16" and 14mm anyways

    good luck
     
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    try a cheap 12 point half inch socket and hammer it on..might do the trick, you can always grind the heads off, pull the flex plate off and thread the bolts out with vice grips..
     
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    R72K5 Banned

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    twist sockets ? huuum interesting , never heard of such a thing, does only sears make these ? or just carry them ? or ?

    anyone got a close up pic of one of these sockets ? im very curious, hmm,..

    183 bucks a set, hmm they better work damned good!



    do they ?


    oh and dawson, i like your avatar, hehe, did you just simply paste the URL of that into avatar line, or ?
     
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    I think they're 15mm.

    I was gonna change the rear main in my '87 but they were stripped and wouldn't come out so I left 'em. Thank God it doesn't leak.
     
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    ryoken Puppy Fabricator Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    here's a whole page of different ones...

    http://www.usatoolsplus.com/catalog/twist_sockets_sets_150217_products.htm

    not sure if you can see the spiral cut of them. they work killer... a google search brings up quite a few...

    sorry, for the snap on link, these are a little cheaper. the Craftsmen should be fine too. i just happen to own a lot of Snap On and had the link handy.
     
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    i find using a small plumbers pipe wrench can get most of
    those stripped bolts out, even if the bolt is completely
    rounded out it will still grab, just like it does a pipe,
    and there very cheap,
     
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    I bet heat and an impact tool (ya know, the one you hit with a hammer and it loosens stuff) would probably work before I'd try anything drastic like a pipe wrench.

    Worst case you can grind it flat and drill the bolt out, but I'd be it's hardened and will be a bitc* to drill.
     
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    I will try all of these ideas and see what works. Thanks for the tips. As far as my side picture is concerned, its an animated gif and I just cut and pasted a link to it. Thanks again!
     

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