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Old 04-17-2013, 04:19 PM   #1
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Hinge removal difficulty??

I am in need of replacing quite a few hinges on my jeep I recently purchased thinking of going with the chrome or stainless ones. I was wondering the difficulty in removing the screws that hold all the exterior hinges onto the jeep such as windshield and doors?? Will break free easily? If not what are the steps in starting to do this? Are there any tricks I should know about my jeep is a 2001 and all stick so these have been there for 12 years. Thanks

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Old 04-17-2013, 04:27 PM   #2
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Hardest part is breaking them free. Once the bolts come out it's a piece of cake.

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Old 04-17-2013, 04:44 PM   #3
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Are there any tricks to breaking them free? Or is it just put a torx socket in a ratchet and go to town??
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Old 04-17-2013, 05:18 PM   #4
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Are there any tricks to breaking them free? Or is it just put a torx socket in a ratchet and go to town??
When I went after these torx bolts, I used a heat gun (or hair dryer) and held it on for about 5 min. Make sure you don't f*ck up the paint though. Then I used a breaker bar and they came out instantly and trouble free.
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buy a GOOD quality torx bit and heat them just like mghdti above said and if they do not want to budge STOP and spay them for a few days with PB Blaster before trying again with the heating them up step.
But a Good bit is a must.
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Old 04-17-2013, 05:40 PM   #6
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I believe they have some form of thread locker on them. I'v heard that holding a soldering iron to the bolt is a slow yet effective way of braking it loose.
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Old 04-17-2013, 06:13 PM   #7
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I found that more pressure pushing in than turning them worked real well. Make sure you also have an extractor handy in case.
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Oh and make sure to use anti seize when you install the new ones.
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Old 04-17-2013, 07:42 PM   #9
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Oh boy, sounds like it will not be very easy to do.. I also need to replace the side mirrors, exterior door handles, I was hoping that all the work would be somewhat easy for a unexperienced person..
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Just be careful and like others said a heat gun can be your friend. Also I used a utility knife to cut around the bolt free up the paint.
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Old 04-17-2013, 07:59 PM   #11
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It really is easy. Read write ups, use some logic and afford yourself ample time. If you've never done anything like this, these small tasks will give you confidence to try harder tasks. Plus you can't beat the feeling of accomplishment of doing it yourself, your way.
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X2 on the ample pressure pushing in as you try to turn the bolt. Worked like a charm and a breaker bar
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Old 04-18-2013, 09:03 AM   #13
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Ok thanks again!
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Quality torx bolts

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Be careful you are getting quality torx bolts. here is an example of what I got

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