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BrandyBAH 12-12-2006 08:34 AM

Help with stuck torx bolts
 
Hey everybody-

I know you'll be able to help with this one. I'm trying to remove the "floaties" or "jugs" from the front bumper of my 98 TJ. I know they're torx T30 and I've gotten 3 of the 5 out. The problem is that I can't get the others out. I've managed to get them out about half way but they won't come out all the way. I can barely reach inside the floaties and feel something in there that seems to be holding the bolts in place and won't let them come out all the way.

I've used WD40 to loosen them and get the grit off, (which helped some) and tried with a cordless screwdriver and torx bit but that seems to slip so I've gone manual with a screwdriver and torx bit and that does alittle better.

Anybody got a way to get them out?:confused:

Thanks in advance for the help
Brandy

tiny terror 12-12-2006 09:56 AM

Use a breaker bar.

whiteyj 12-12-2006 10:05 AM

Drill bit and an easy-out.

MouthfulOfGrass 12-12-2006 10:25 AM

Sounds like one of those situations where one would need to be there to get an understanding of what's going on to be able to offer any useful advice. But, I agree with Tiny, use a ratchet or breaker bar to get more "umph" and power through it.

Mike001 12-12-2006 10:58 AM

One of mine got rip off somewhere in the woods then I just kicked the other one until it came off. Didn't damage the bumper either. Thats probably not the most succesful way to do it but its quick and easy.

activelydying 12-12-2006 03:02 PM

i had the same thing happen to me. i just got out my trusty grinder and let him do the talking

tiny terror 12-12-2006 03:04 PM

If you haven't stripped them, don't drill. I spent three days removing a torx after I stripped it out. Get a breaker bar and lean onto it to keep the bit tight in the head. They'll come out just fine. There isn't any loctite on them on the bumper I believe. You just can't get enough torque to take'em out with a screwdriver.




Or, cut the bolts and kick the damn things off. :D

4Jeepn 12-12-2006 09:39 PM

1. Use Rotor(dremmil) tool to cut head of bolt off, 2, pull stupid plastic section out. 3. Time used 60 sec.

amy 12-12-2006 10:15 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by tiny terror (Post 36663)
Use a breaker bar.

Yup, this is what I'd try before using a drill or grinder. You can always go to the power tools if a breaker bar doesn't work.

4Jeepn 12-12-2006 10:22 PM

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Originally Posted by amy (Post 36895)
Yup, this is what I'd try before using a drill or grinder. You can always go to the power tools if a breaker bar doesn't work.

Trust me after building 8 Jeep in 10 years.. you learn to go for the power tools right off the bat....LOL

amy 12-12-2006 10:31 PM

I bow to your wisdom, 4Jeepn.
When I was a machinist, I went with the least damaging method first. If that didn't work, then I got the big hammer.:D

jherrin215 12-13-2006 12:56 AM

If you have the bolt out that far you should be able to grip the head of the bolt with a pair of vise grips. You don't have to worry about the torx slipping in the bolt but the bolt will be useless when you get done.

4Jeepn 12-13-2006 10:17 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by amy (Post 36904)
I bow to your wisdom, 4Jeepn.
When I was a machinist, I went with the least damaging method first. If that didn't work, then I got the big hammer.:D

lol... nope no wisdom here, and your way is the 1st way to go, but in the situation written about, power tool seemed to be the path of least issue.

Mike001 12-13-2006 10:28 AM

Just kick the damn thing it'll fall right off. Your foot will be the least damaging tool you can use. Thats my method but rage from anger instigated the kicking method.

osbornl1 12-13-2006 01:38 PM

Big Hammer

tiny terror 12-13-2006 02:02 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Mike001 (Post 36963)
Just kick the damn thing it'll fall right off. Your foot will be the least damaging tool you can use. Thats my method but rage from anger instigated the kicking method.

Quote:

Originally Posted by osbornl1 (Post 37024)
Big Hammer

I'm noticing a pattern here.... next suggestion's got to be a gun of sorts, then maybe a cannon.

Mike001 12-13-2006 02:14 PM

Yeah some 3 1/2 in OOO BuckShot otta do the trick and it'll be way more fun.

whiteyj 12-13-2006 02:41 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by tiny terror (Post 37026)
I'm noticing a pattern here.... next suggestion's got to be a gun of sorts, then maybe a cannon.

I didn't know that rifled projectiles was an option!

amy 12-13-2006 03:55 PM

This should take care of the problem...
http://home.comcast.net/~sahobbs/minigungurl2.jpg

tiny terror 12-13-2006 04:03 PM

Do we hafta wear the catholic school girl outfit??

amy 12-13-2006 04:10 PM

If you wanna, you can. Personally, I save that for... um... nevermind.

tiny terror 12-13-2006 09:53 PM

Parent Teacher conferences? Grocery shopping? Mowing the lawn?

:D

amy 12-13-2006 10:31 PM

Ok, sure, let's go with that. http://home.comcast.net/~sahobbs/a95.gif

amy 12-13-2006 10:55 PM

So, BrandyBAH, I hope you got something that helped between our silliness?

BrandyBAH 12-14-2006 08:44 AM

Yep-

I'll try the breaker bar the first chance I get. They're not stripped so that seems the least damaging. Then maybe the vise grips or cutting them off.

Thanks again for the suggestions...and as long as everybody has fun that's good too

MouthfulOfGrass 12-14-2006 09:06 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by tiny terror (Post 37054)
Do we hafta wear the catholic school girl outfit??

Aw, c'mon, you know you love that kind of thing.....:p

tiny terror 12-14-2006 09:37 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by MouthfulOfGrass (Post 37336)
Aw, c'mon, you know you love that kind of thing.....:p

Jeeze MOG, are you trying to get me to say something off-color??.... cuz I will. :D


BrandyBAH - There's a bit of metal on the inside of the jug that braces the bolt and gives it something other than plastic to grab. There's a possibility that the threads are getting caught up on it, though I'm doubting that all of them would have messed up threads. It's got to be using the wrong tool.

Mike001 12-14-2006 10:15 AM

I was serious about the kicking them though, took me about 2 minutes to get it off.

haldodd 12-15-2006 06:09 AM

I drilled the middle of mine out then used a punch to knock what was left out. You'll need a good bit though.

MouthfulOfGrass 12-15-2006 09:30 AM

Just leave 'em on.


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