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Old 01-12-2014, 08:50 AM   #1
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Need help in door and windshield hinge removal!!

Ok I am wanting to change out my door and windshield hinges on my 2001 due to the paint peeling and light rust in the swivel part of all the hinges. Well to say the least I am NERVOUS and don't know where to begin to try and take em off. I did try to put a socket and the torx on one of the bolts that hold my mirror on and it acted like it didnt wanna busy loose. Does anyone have any suggestions for this? This is a Michigan jeep and its 13 years old so please HELP!!

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Old 01-12-2014, 09:23 AM   #2
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jeep came standard with locktite on the bolts so they gonna be hard to break free, just make sure you dont strip the head of the torx bolts bc its a pita to get one out thats stripped

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Old 01-12-2014, 11:34 AM   #3
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I just had issues with my windshield hinge torx. 1 make sure you have a quality torx bit (that was my first mistake), second heat them up to loosen the locktight, third slow and steady with out to much force. Don't stress if you do strip one you can weld a bolt the head to remove it. That is what I have todo.
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Old 01-12-2014, 02:46 PM   #4
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What is a quality torx brand? I have craftsman ones and have snapped them easily removing other bolts such as the front bumper torx.. I have map gas guess I can hit the head if the torx before I start.. Would definitly like to have a good torx first though. Thanks.
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Old 01-12-2014, 06:42 PM   #5

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As said above the bolts have loctite on them.

You need to heat them to soften the loctite. I use a heat gun. Then I use this hand impact driver. Works great.

You will destroy the heads of the torn if you apply too much pressure to them.
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Old 01-12-2014, 10:14 PM   #6
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Use a handheld impact driver on those that will move. On the ones that won't budge, use an impact chisel. That is how I remove several of mine, both on the windshield hinge bolts and roll cage bolt. I didn't want to ruin the paint by heating them with a torch, but if you are replacing them that should work as well The chisel worked great and turned them out in seconds. I took my to a local body shop and they helped me. I have since got my own impact chisel. We drilled a small hole on the bolt face to give the chisel someplace to grip.
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Old 01-13-2014, 12:38 AM   #7
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I just grabbed a torx and went at it. I only stripped one bolt because I used the wrong size. everything else just broke free with pressure so don't be too worried about it.
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Old 01-13-2014, 04:10 PM   #8
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Wow thanks for all the info guys I went out to the garage took a torch and heated up the windshield torx heads(just to be on the safe side) to loosen the loctite and put the t40 torx on my ratchet out some even pressure while I went into removal mode and I'll be damn they broke loose!! I'm relieved now. I have another couple ?'s though. 1st---- wht in the heck is the odd torx bolt kinda on the side of the windshield pillar that is on the hinge that rises above the flange(head)????? 2nd---- I went to remove the mirrors cause they are old and all the finish us coming off and I had the torx but break off in the head of the bolt, so my ? Is does that screw only screw in the kings or is there also a nut behind the door that it also threads into? I was gonna drill out the torx head on the mirror. Thanks.
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Old 01-16-2014, 06:29 AM   #9
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If they are stripped you will need to have someone tack weld a nut on the end of the bolt. That will work every time.
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Old 01-16-2014, 02:12 PM   #10
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Soak 'em with liquid wrench for a few days

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