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Old 12-25-2013, 08:47 PM   #1
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windshield bolts stuck

well i got me some hilighters and windshield mounts for Christmas and as you can imagine i'm itching to get them hooked up and mounted. Unfortunately 7 of the 8 bolts on the windshield that i need to remove are NOT budging and WD-40 isnt doing the trick. anyone else have this problem?

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Old 12-25-2013, 08:51 PM   #2
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PB BLASTER for several days 2x a day and they'll come out. good luck!

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Old 12-25-2013, 08:52 PM   #3
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Heat them with a blowtorch. Just don't damage paint that won't be covered by new light mounts.
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Old 12-25-2013, 08:58 PM   #4
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They might be painted to the hinge too. Score around them with a box cutter if so. See if they come loose. If not and you want to use pb blaster instead of heat make sure there is a gap to get through if they are painted over.
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Old 12-25-2013, 10:29 PM   #5
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I couldn't get 2 bolts out on mine. I stripped the heads. Tried to back one out with a tool and it broke inside. I've never gotten it out... The other one I tried to drill out. The nut on the end snapped off I now have a thread less hole in the windshield. I bolted it in anyways with the two free bolts. It's alright. Honestly if I had to do it again I'd never buy windshield lights. PITA!! But use pb blaster or liquid wrench. Wd40 won't cut it. Best of luck my friend. Once you get them out USE ANTI SEIZE!!
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Old 12-25-2013, 10:33 PM   #6
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There is factory loctite installed and the bolts themselves strip out. I hate torx.

Take a proper torx bit and tap it in with a hammer. Concentrate heat at the end of the bit so it wouldn't damage paint. After 30 seconds or so, gently turn the torx bit with whatever wrench or socket you choose.

Pop em out and replace with grade 8 hardware- hex bolt of course!
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Old 12-25-2013, 10:36 PM   #7
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I installed a set today.What I did was to use a torx socket that fit and with the ratchet removed I hit the socket several times with a hammer and then removed bolts.They were tight but came out.Hitting it seats the socket and helps to break them loose.Good luck.
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Old 12-26-2013, 09:11 AM   #8
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Craftsman Hand Impact Driver | Toolmonger

Like said above, heat the Torx heads to get the lactate melted and then use this hand impact driver with your Torx bit. Works perfect. You obviously hit the back of this driver with your hammer which does two actions, drives the bit deeper and snugly into the Torx head and gives the bolt an impact shock to get it turning. I originally used my air impact wrench and that was useless. Stripped the heads right out. Everyone should have one of these handy hand impact tools in their toolbox if they own a Jeep.
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Old 12-26-2013, 09:58 AM   #9
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I personally would not risk burning the paint on my jeep and PB Blaster is not a cure all.It won't penetrate through paint.The impact driver is the way to go if the torx head is not already stripped.
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Those bolts are held in by Locktite and the correct application of heat is the most likely/easiest way to get them out without the likelihood of damage. Heat can easily be introduced directly into the bolt by inserting the torx bit into the bolt and then heating the torx bit long enough for the heat to make it to the Locktite holding the threads.

In my experience, those particular bolt heads are very soft and easily stripped when trying to overcome the Locktite... especially with an impact wrench. Not to mention the last time I used an impact wrench on torx head bolts, the torx bit snapped and the broken end then immediately danced across the paint before I could release the trigger leaving a deep nicely patterned permanent scratch in the paint.

A heat gun could be used to heat the torx bit though a torch would faster.

And WD-40 should never be thought of as a penetrant, it isn't even close to being a good penetrant. Not that even a good penetrant like Kroil, Break-Free, Liquid Wrench, etc. would be of any help with loosening the Locktite's grip.
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Old 12-26-2013, 10:16 AM   #11
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Just did the same install, and cussed last night. After reading about the heat gun, I grabbed my wife's craft one and heated up the 2 stuck ones. After a good few minutes of heat they were easy to remove. Just watch you dont get the heat too close to your windshield weather stripping.
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Old 12-26-2013, 11:04 AM   #12
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Amazing what a little bit of heat will do to a stubborn bolt!!
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Old 12-26-2013, 12:23 PM   #13
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Impact driver is not a impact wrench.It uses the impact from a hammer to break a bolt loose.They work great bit I did not need one on mine.Just a few blows to the torx socket before loosening the bolt.I agree that an impact wrench will do nothing but strip it out.An impact wrench should only be used on larger bolts and then only removing them.
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Craftsman Hand Impact Driver | Toolmonger

Like said above, heat the Torx heads to get the lactate melted and then use this hand impact driver with your Torx bit. Works perfect. You obviously hit the back of this driver with your hammer which does two actions, drives the bit deeper and snugly into the Torx head and gives the bolt an impact shock to get it turning. I originally used my air impact wrench and that was useless. Stripped the heads right out. Everyone should have one of these handy hand impact tools in their toolbox if they own a Jeep.
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There is factory loctite installed and the bolts themselves strip out. I hate torx.

Take a proper torx bit and tap it in with a hammer. Concentrate heat at the end of the bit so it wouldn't damage paint. After 30 seconds or so, gently turn the torx bit with whatever wrench or socket you choose.

Pop em out and replace with grade 8 hardware- hex bolt of course!
Grade 8 is overkill. I would use stainless hardware.
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Old 01-02-2014, 07:44 PM   #16
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Have heard of impact snapping torx and scratching paint. Be ready. Lay a towel or something next to work area. HEAT is awesome! and agree grade 8 is not needed to support a mild steel frame. I used stainless. Edit: lol it was this post I read it. Never heard of impact hammering bits. Can't wait to try it! Blew my mind first time I used a torch on a bolt. Wish I knew that s 20 years ago! Hopefully hammering a bit is the same is as impressive!
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Old 01-02-2014, 09:18 PM   #17
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The head of the torx bolts are painted.I seated the torx socket into the bolt by hitting it a couple of times.To me it helps to keep the socket from slipping and stripping out the bolt.I agree heat is great but not always necessary.No one said there was an impact socket that you hit.What was said was an impact driver that turns the bolt when you strike it.Great tool.
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The head of the torx bolts are painted.I seated the torx socket into the bolt by hitting it a couple of times.To me it helps to keep the socket from slipping and stripping out the bolt.I agree heat is great but not always necessary.No one said there was an impact socket that you hit.What was said was an impact driver that turns the bolt when you strike it.Great tool.
Very interested in this tool. What is the exact name for it? Impact driver as opposed to wrench? Or something else. If ya know a rough price off top of your head cool too if not I'll find out when I look it up. Thanks in advance.

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An impact wrench, which is also known by the monikers impactor, torque gun, air gun and air wrench, is a powerful product. The industrial impact wrenches deliver high torque, ranging from 2,500 to 7,500 in-lbs, while the the ones to be used for small jobs deliver 450 to 1,300 in-lbs. As it rotates, it can deliver immense downward force. For example take a look at Campbell Hausfeld TL140200AV Impact Wrench.

An impact driver, on the other hand, produces a sudden yet strong rotational power. This strength is increased with application of added force. It differs from an impact wrench in such a way that it does not produce a downward push. Manual impact drivers though can deliver a downward motion once it is struck with a hammer.
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Hand impact driver.There's a shortcut to a craftsman on this thread.I tried to copy it but not used to this phone yet.I was just trying to help the guy out and tell him how I got mine out.They came right out but were very tight.
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Cool thanks man!
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Impact drivers are great tools and work well on many fasteners on our Jeeps. I use mine often on motorcycles as well.
For the windshield, tailgate, and other painted fasteners that use locktite I have a pen sized torch. It's fuel is butane (lighter fluid) and produces a very precise flame. It heats up the fastener without damaging the surrounding area. The factory thread locker melts at a few hundred degrees so don't get to zealous with the heat.
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Old 01-05-2014, 06:43 PM   #22
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hey thanks for the help yall..

Fortunately i was able to get all of the bolts out by heating the tips with a blow torch and and adding a little elbow grease. it was surprising how easy it was to get them out after a little heat. they look great!
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Congrats! Amazing what using the right tool for the job (heat in this case) will do.
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Better than a impact hammer driver is a breaker bar, all six bolts removed last week without any issues.

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