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Old 09 Jan 2015, 02:16 pm
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Last question on this repair, promise! I have one of the bolts off for the drive belt splash shield but the other ones are being stubborn. They do turn with the wrench, but they seem to loosen a little and then tighten again as I turn them.
I believe that the hole might be stripped on them, possibly from the corrosion. Car has well over 100k miles on salty roads. I have had a friend recommend I just drill them out, which I may have to do.
Anyone else have problems with these bolts? All the guides I find seem to think the bolt won't turn, which it does, it just doesn't screw downward. I have pictures if it helps, just tell me.
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Old 09 Jan 2015, 02:47 pm
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Last question on this repair, promise! I have one of the bolts off for the drive belt splash shield but the other ones are being stubborn. They do turn with the wrench, but they seem to loosen a little and then tighten again as I turn them.
I believe that the hole might be stripped on them, possibly from the corrosion. Car has well over 100k miles on salty roads. I have had a friend recommend I just drill them out, which I may have to do.
Anyone else have problems with these bolts? All the guides I find seem to think the bolt won't turn, which it does, it just doesn't screw downward. I have pictures if it helps, just tell me.
If you need to ask questions, then by all means ask them. If these go int metal the spray with penetrating oil. loose it till it begins to tighten then spray again screw back in and out again until it starts to bind again. Then back in. each time get it to go just a little further until it comes out. A bit slow. But way faster than drill and tap.
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Old 09 Jan 2015, 03:45 pm
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Last question on this repair, promise! I have one of the bolts off for the drive belt splash shield but the other ones are being stubborn. They do turn with the wrench, but they seem to loosen a little and then tighten again as I turn them.
I believe that the hole might be stripped on them, possibly from the corrosion. Car has well over 100k miles on salty roads. I have had a friend recommend I just drill them out, which I may have to do.
Anyone else have problems with these bolts? All the guides I find seem to think the bolt won't turn, which it does, it just doesn't screw downward. I have pictures if it helps, just tell me.
I have faced similar situations. Get pliers and pull out while turning, or, if you can, wedge a flat screwdriver under bolt head to keep outward pressure on. If it turns, you can get it out without drilling.
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Old 09 Jan 2015, 04:02 pm
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Thank you, I will go and attempt again. This forum and you guys have been very helpful!
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Old 09 Jan 2015, 04:49 pm
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If you are talking about the splash pan under the car I have broken them off many times. Most of the time I just drill new holes and put in new self tapping screws.

If your talking about some other bolt working them and spraying them with some kind of penetrating oil is a good idea.
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I've seen and used what is called a flat bar nail puller, there are small ones and larger ones, both have a V grove on the ends that could be used under the head of the bolt while you unscrew it. The smaller on I've seen is about 8 inches long and maybe an inch wide. Should do the trick...
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