Stuck torx - Jeep Wrangler Forum
Jeep Wrangler Forum

Go Back   Jeep Wrangler Forum > TJ Jeep Wrangler Forum > TJ General Discussion Forum

Join Wrangler Forum Today


Reply
 
Thread Tools

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on WranglerForum.com
Old 04-15-2011, 09:25 AM   #1
Jeeper

WF Supporting Member
 
Double_Trouble's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Posts: 269
Stuck torx

I'm swapping out the seatbelts in my 97 TJ and am having a helluva time getting the bolt off the bottom of the passenger side.

Limited space to get the rachet in, due to the seat. I've sprayed it with WD40, applied heat, used foul language.

Any suggestions?

Double_Trouble is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 04-15-2011, 09:40 AM   #2
Creepy Crawler

WF Supporting Member
 
BLK00TJ's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Posts: 3,176
Are you able to tap it with a hammer while turning the ratchet?
Also, wd40 is more of a protectant than a penetrating fluid. Get some PBlaster.

BLK00TJ is online now   Quote Quick Reply
Old 04-15-2011, 09:41 AM   #3
Jeeper
 
NHrubicon's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: New Hampshire
Posts: 844
Images: 1
WD40 is not a penetrant...it's a silicone spray to expell water. Use PB BLaster and try to get underneath the tube-you should see the bolt end sticking out of the welded nuts.
Soak it top and bottom every day for a couple days and see if that helps. Seems to me I remember snapping off a bolt or two rebuilding our YJ and had to drill out the center and use an extractor to get the rest of the bolt out. Not fun. If you were EXPERIENCED with a torch, I'd say get some heat to that nut and expand it while someone reefs on the bolt from above. BUT I can't stress experienced enough...you have fuel line running under there....don't want to burn up your baby! I'd start with a BF hammer and rap that nut to see if you can 'crack' the bolt lose. At the worst-you break the welded nut off and have to cut the bolt right out...then weld in a new one if you want. Or just get a locknut and new bolt...good luck. It's always the HARDEST bolt to get to that sticks!
NHrubicon is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 04-15-2011, 12:05 PM   #4
Jeeper

WF Supporting Member
 
Double_Trouble's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Posts: 269
Quote:
Originally Posted by NHrubicon View Post
WD40 is not a penetrant...it's a silicone spray to expell water. Use PB BLaster and try to get underneath the tube-you should see the bolt end sticking out of the welded nuts.
Soak it top and bottom every day for a couple days and see if that helps. Seems to me I remember snapping off a bolt or two rebuilding our YJ and had to drill out the center and use an extractor to get the rest of the bolt out. Not fun. If you were EXPERIENCED with a torch, I'd say get some heat to that nut and expand it while someone reefs on the bolt from above. BUT I can't stress experienced enough...you have fuel line running under there....don't want to burn up your baby! I'd start with a BF hammer and rap that nut to see if you can 'crack' the bolt lose. At the worst-you break the welded nut off and have to cut the bolt right out...then weld in a new one if you want. Or just get a locknut and new bolt...good luck. It's always the HARDEST bolt to get to that sticks!
Thanks- good advice.

I will apply the proper amount of force with a hammer. At least I'll feel better.

All I had was WD and figured WTH, spray the damn thing. I'll check out PBblaster

I'll avoid the torch. Still have the carpet installed.

Thanks WranglerForum.com
Double_Trouble is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 04-15-2011, 12:19 PM   #5
Knows a couple things...

WF Supporting Member
 
Jerry Bransford's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Escondido, Calif.
Posts: 29,137
Images: 2
Those particular bolts are held in place with Locktite so they need a little more force to get them out.
__________________
When you have a choice, buy American.

Jerry Bransford is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 04-16-2011, 01:58 PM   #6
Jeeper

WF Supporting Member
 
Double_Trouble's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Posts: 269
I went by Harbor Freight and picked up an electric impact wrench.

In a battle of will - I will be victorious.

Double_Trouble is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Jeep Wrangler Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
If you do not want to register, fill this field only and the name will be used as user name for your post.
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
playing in the mud, got stuck, got free and got stuck again...lol Loic TJ General Discussion Forum 23 10-19-2010 11:12 AM
Stuck Torx Screw!!! MWNII TJ Tech Forum 7 01-30-2010 08:28 PM
Stubborn Torx Defeated Hondarider TJ Tech Forum 3 06-28-2009 09:13 PM
Solution to removing Safety Torx Screws with bent pins SpartanDrew TJ Tech Forum 4 06-26-2008 12:16 AM
Help with stuck torx bolts BrandyBAH TJ Tech Forum 34 12-28-2006 12:57 AM



» Network Links
»Jeep Parts
» Featured Product

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:43 AM.



Jeep®, Wrangler, Liberty, Wagoneer, Cherokee, and Grand Cherokee are copyrighted and trademarked to Chrysler Motors LLC.
Wranglerforum.com is not in any way associated with the Chrysler Motors LLC