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Old 05-18-2003, 10:25 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm trying to get a nut off a bolt and it's rusted on real tight. Also it's spinning in place and I have no access to the back of the bolt. I've tried liquid wrench and vice grips, but the bolt keeps slipping and is losing thread. Has anyone else had any success using any thing else? Thanks.
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Old 05-18-2003, 11:46 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Take a big flat bladed screwdriver and a small bolt.... lay the bolt next to the nut and jam the screwdriver under the nut, push down on the screwdriver while unscrewing the nut.... this usually works but if the nut is really rusted good all you can do is cut it or use a (he he) nut spliter....
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Old 05-19-2003, 05:16 AM   #3 (permalink)
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try some PB blaster. That stuff has gone through every rust problem I've ever had.

Otherwise if it's not on a car near a gasoline source, you can get a torch and heat the nut, then quickly spin it off.

To prevent it in the future, dip the bolt in vaseline. That'll keep the air/moisture from getting to it.
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Old 05-19-2003, 07:12 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I've always used kroil Stuff has always worked for me.

However if you don't have access to the other side to hold it still when turning it, not sure if you'll be able to get it off without cutting it.
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Old 05-19-2003, 07:22 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Cold chisel and a big hammer, if you can't get a nut splitter around it.
 
Old 05-19-2003, 11:23 AM   #6 (permalink)
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If it's a bastard bolt and if i don't care about saving it I usually center punch it and then drill it out.
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Old 05-19-2003, 12:58 PM   #7 (permalink)
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If its losing thread, you probably will want to replace it, so cut that sucker off.

Alternatively, you could soak it w/ WD40 and try again tomorrow.
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Old 05-19-2003, 03:47 PM   #8 (permalink)
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/me fires up his dremel... i'll take care of it...
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Old 05-19-2003, 06:53 PM   #9 (permalink)
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It's in a car, if that helps. Are cars put together with regular 11 metric bolts like everything else? If it is, I'm gonna cut that sucker. Anyway, I appreciate the responses. Thanks.
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Old 05-20-2003, 08:43 AM   #10 (permalink)
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It's in a car, if that helps. Are cars put together with regular 11 metric bolts like everything else? If it is, I'm gonna cut that sucker. Anyway, I appreciate the responses. Thanks.
Standard size for most small bolts in cars is 10mm..... of course the size varies from part to part..... what exactly is this bolt for? you said you couldn't get to the other side, I suppose that means you have to remove whatever is in the way of getting to the back of the bolt.... cutting it will be easy, replacing it is another story.
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Old 05-21-2003, 05:14 PM   #11 (permalink)
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WD-40...

and if that don't work, cut the bugger off..
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Old 05-22-2003, 11:01 AM   #12 (permalink)
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So did we ever get this bad boy off?
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Old 05-23-2003, 09:41 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Old 05-23-2003, 11:04 AM   #14 (permalink)
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I never got it off.

It's holding the trim cover over the taillight on a Tempo. So I'm worried if I cut the damn thing off that I won't be able to replace it, because I don't know what's on the other side of the bolt.
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Old 05-23-2003, 11:33 AM   #15 (permalink)
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I haven't worked on a tempo, but on a lot of cars if you remove the rear interior panel you can get at the other side of the bolt. . . have you looked in there?
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Old 05-27-2003, 07:23 PM   #16 (permalink)
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Old 05-27-2003, 10:09 PM   #17 (permalink)
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We worked around it. So the problem is solved, hopefully this thread will help some that have the same problem.

Thanks for all your help!
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Old 05-31-2003, 03:47 PM   #18 (permalink)
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You know Coca Cola does wonders on rust. Its all the Carbonic Acid in it!
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Old 06-21-2003, 01:48 AM   #19 (permalink)
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Just leave that sucker in place, don't lose your temper, put a can of WD40 on the floor beside it, and give it a squir every time you go past. That WD40 will work it's way in there. Could take an hour, could take a week. But it will go.

By the way, did you know that WD40 stands for "Water Dispersant - 40"?
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Old 06-24-2003, 11:54 AM   #20 (permalink)
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By the way, did you know that WD40 stands for "Water Dispersant - 40"?
Yeah, it's great for getting rid of water. Also great for collecting dust and dirt.
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