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Old 03-14-2008, 05:14 PM   #1
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Winshield Brackets

I recently purchased some light brackets to mount on the windshield but the bolts on the jeep don't want to come loose. Ideas on getting them loose? Anyone know the torque socket size?

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Old 03-14-2008, 05:33 PM   #2
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Ok, here is the secret for getting them out, first get the correct torx socket for a 3/8 ratchet, get the good ones not the cheapie one piece that most auto parts stores sell, you want the one that fits inside the socket.
A 3/8 to 1/2 inch adapter, 6" 1/2 extension, heavy 1/2" ratchet, dead blow hammer or brass mallet, something that won't bounce.
Set the torx socket into the 1/2 in adapter, set that into the 6" or 4" extension. Now set it into the torx you want to remove, give it one or two solid hits with the hammer, you want to seat the torx in the bottom of the socket and force the paint out and around the torx bit. Try not to move it too much after you seat it, put that 1/2 inch ratchet on and while pushing down start to loosen it. A guy in a jeep junkyard here in Pa showed me that trick and it worked for him and for me every time. I just checked, they are T40's.

There is a trick to doing that, there is one piece you don't want to fall down, I don't remember exactly but someone else might pipe up. I do remember having to replace the windshield frame on ours twice but I don't remember exactly.

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Pretty much what he said, just be careful. I didn't have much of an issue with mine though. Be sure to push into it while loosening so that you don't slip and eff something up.
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Ok, here is the secret for getting them out, first get the correct torx socket for a 3/8 ratchet, get the good ones not the cheapie one piece that most auto parts stores sell, you want the one that fits inside the socket.
A 3/8 to 1/2 inch adapter, 6" 1/2 extension, heavy 1/2" ratchet, dead blow hammer or brass mallet, something that won't bounce.
Set the torx socket into the 1/2 in adapter, set that into the 6" or 4" extension. Now set it into the torx you want to remove, give it one or two solid hits with the hammer, you want to seat the torx in the bottom of the socket and force the paint out and around the torx bit. Try not to move it too much after you seat it, put that 1/2 inch ratchet on and while pushing down start to loosen it. A guy in a jeep junkyard here in Pa showed me that trick and it worked for him and for me every time. I just checked, they are T40's.

There is a trick to doing that, there is one piece you don't want to fall down, I don't remember exactly but someone else might pipe up. I do remember having to replace the windshield frame on ours twice but I don't remember exactly.
Think I might know what u mean by might have to replace the windshield frame because where the torx bolts screw in to what I think is a plate that is spot welded to the winshield if it breaks loose the. Might have to cut in to windshield frame and spot weld back in place I am having this problem as we speak is this the only way to solve it ?
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when i put the light brackets on my 99 I did everything stated above but also used an 1/2" impact gun and had 0 problems. good luck!.
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Think I might know what u mean by might have to replace the windshield frame because where the torx bolts screw in to what I think is a plate that is spot welded to the winshield if it breaks loose the. Might have to cut in to windshield frame and spot weld back in place I am having this problem as we speak is this the only way to solve it ?
If you have a lot of patience you can use a coat hanger to pull that bracket back up and hold it in place through one bolt hole while you start another bolt. You're going to get frustrated doing it...it will fall off the coat hanger a lot. Took me about 30 minutes to do when it happened to me.

I don't believe it really holds anything in place inside there, it's just a backing plate for the bolts, so no need to cut open the frame and spot weld.
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I will give it a shot but I still have some of the bolt that broke off threaded in there was this the same for u if so how did u get it out
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Sounds like the easiest way would be to fold the window down. Never done it myself, but that may give you access to the inside of the window frame to get those brackets out. Probably your best bet if you have a bolt broken AND the bracket fell inside the frame.

It would be a lot easier to work with getting that broken bolt out if you can remove the bracket. Plus, would make it a lot easier to put the bracket back in since you would have access to the back side.

Just be carefull because if that bracket has fallen off inside, then the hinge on the outside is no longer fully attached to your window frame. It will only be attached by the front bolt.
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Yeah that was my thought as well but I think the biggest problem is the plate I think is supposed to be spot weld in the winsheld frame and there is no place on the inside of the jeep to get to that plate. I am just in a mess with this. If u think of any other ideas let me know thanks

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