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Removing upside down flange nut in a deep hole

My friend worked on my car to replace the exhaust manifold/cat converter gasket and I noticed rattling noise as if something was loose. Checking with my a bore-scope camera with my phone, I saw the ...
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2004 Lincoln Navigator 5.4L 32v DOHC Broken Lower Intake Manifold Bolt in LH Cylinder Head

What started off as a broken heater hose quick disconnect that dumped all the coolant and tripped the cylinder head iverheat protection ended up with me removing all hoses, upper intake/plenum, both ...
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Removing Broken Bolts

Yesterday I ventured on replacing a failed catalytic converter on my own on an 02 Nissan Pathfinder and it was smooth going until a couple of the bolts broke when removing the old cat. This would have ...
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Unable to unscrew stripped bolt in a tight space with no access from behind

I mistakenly stripped the threads in either the bolt hole or the bolt itself and now it just spins freely. And I need to get it out so I can repair the threads. It is the bolt of the rear bumper and I ...
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How do I remove this bolt to replace my MAF sensor?

I'm trying to replace the MAF sensor in my Mitsubishi 2003 Lancer ES GLi1.8, and it's bolted into a plastic housing that fits the air filter. The bolts are weird, in that they have a head about 2mm ...
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How to remove EGR valve that’s baked on 2012 Holden Cruze

I have a 2012 Holden/Chevrolet Cruze (2.0L turbo diesel) with a stuck EGR valve. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the EGR valve is on the top of the engine and reasonably easy to access, ...
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Removing bolt by hand without stripping head

Quick question, when trying to remove a stubborn bolt by hand with an hex spanner is it better to apply a constant force, sudden "strikes" or it doesn't matter to avoid stripping it? I ...
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Renault clio snapped bolt removal?

I have a 2002 renault clio. Due to the recent lockdowns I have not been driving anywhere and as a result my battery wasn't in use. I now need to replace the battery so went about removing the old ...
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Nissan Crank bolt: reverse thread?

Engine HR12DE Nissan Micra K13 2011 Hello, I’ve been trying to remove the crank pulley bolt and it won’t come off. I also tried blocking it with a handle bar and cranking the engine, the trick didn’t ...
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Snapped brake caliper bolts - were they damaged before I removed them? (And why?)

Doing front rotors, pads, and wheel bearings on my Subaru recently I had all four of the 17 mm bolts that attach the caliper brackets to the 'knuckles' break off. These snapped off cleanly and felt ...
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Frozen spark plug in a 2008 3V 5.4L F-150

I was able to successfully change the spark plugs around 75k with no issues breaking off the two piece plugs. I replaced them with Motorcraft plugs. Fast foward to the present at 133k miles and due to ...
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How can I get this broken oil drain cover off?

So I have this broken oil drain cover under my GY6 Chinese Scooter I'm pretty sure it's one of these: The head was rounded and I thought it was just a steel bolt that went through a cover so I put ...
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How to avoid breaking rusty bolts?

Recently I've been dealing with some bolts that broke when I tried to disassemble part of the brakes on my car. Soon I'll also have to do the same service on the other side, and I also need to change ...
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How to remove broken bolt stubs from brake caliper bracket?

Here's the bracket from the passenger (right) side front brakes on my Subaru Impreza. Both (17mm) bolt heads snapped off when I tried to remove them using a socket using manual pressure only, no ...
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How to removed sunken sheared bolt

I've got a lower fender bolt that sheared off and it seems that the break point is deeper than the surface around it. What sort of options or techniques do I have here? I've historically been ...
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Is it safe to drive a car without fixing battery in place

I was trying to change my battery but I overturned and broke the bolt that connects the rod to the frame which fixes the battery in place. Now I need someone to remove that broken bolt and give me a ...
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Detailed instructions on how to fashion a straight flute tap from an old bolt using only a file and hacksaw

I have stripped the threading on this bolt and would like to clean and re-tap the bolt hole. I have read that I can use a file or hacksaw to cut some grooves into it like so. I assume I must first ...
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Motorbike: Least worst option for stuck front sprocket bolt?

Had a particularly stubborn front sprocket nut the other day, wouldn't budge with the rear brake - breaker bar combination. Tried giving it 5min of blowtorch heat, didn't help. Then, even with my pal ...
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Drilling through metal for broken bolt on rear suspension mount using a cobalt bit not working

I have an 01' Cobra and when working on the rear suspension had removed the emergency brake cable mounting bracket and small bolt that is attached to the bottom of the lower control arm. Well the bolt ...
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Does it help to hit a stuck bolt with a hammer before removing it?

This is not a question about an impact hammer. Does it help to hit a bolt with a regular steel hammer, before even attempting to remove it? I saw this done in the following video: https://youtu.be/-...
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HELP - Ford Focus Oil Change

So the oil in my 2008 Ford Focus needs changed. Usually no problem, but the last shop I took it to over torqued the bolt and stripped it as well. I've tried using "Liquid Wrench" as well as various ...
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Help removing rusted sway bar link nut

I’m working on an 03 Camry trying to replace the sway bar end links. The Allen key hole stripped and I’m having trouble removing the bottom nut. The top one was easier due to all the space I have. ...
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What Is The Metal "Wing" Connected To My Lower Strut Mount Mazda Protege 2002?

Connected to the lower strut mount of my Mazda Protege 2002 is a "wing" which leads away with a size 14mm bolt in it. I have been trying to loosen the rusted bolt, but I can't get it loose. I am ...
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How do I remove a destroyed lug nut?

A neighbor friend of mine offered to change my brakes on my Pontiac Torrent, well my husband had the proper tool to remove the lug nuts off my car in his truck, and the neighbor along with some other ...
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Loosening O2 sensors with brake fluid?

So my 2010 Prius recently got a code for the upstream O2 sensors heater circuit (P0031) and I tested the heating coil and the circuit is not complete so I ordered a new one. The old one obviously is ...
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How can I unseize a transmission pan bolt?

All bolts were tight as hell. One last bolt I put everything I had on it, vice grips etc... [Vehicle: 1995 Ford Mustang, 6 cyl] This thing will not budge. Please help a brother out.Thanks
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Welded nut broken inside subframe

So I was replacing my rear upper control arm (passenger side) for my 1995 Acura legend today, and I was trying to take out the bolts that go into the subframe. One of them was hard to turn, so I got a ...
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Removing rounded allen dome bolt

I have a Allen bolt which has a domed head. Unfortunately the head is rounded. The location of the bolt means I can't get in to make a cut and remove it with a screw driver. It is mounted to some ...
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How to unscrew my bolts to replace brake discs on Toyota Yaris?

I am trying hard to unscrew these two bolts. I've tried to hit, to heat it with a torch and I put lot of WD40. Nothing moves. What am I doing wrong?
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Exhaust Manifold Nuts won't screw in all the way

after installing the new headers on my car I am having an issue with the bolts not going in all the way in both from the cat end and the block end and I am afraid of snapping them from using too much ...
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how to remove this battery tray bolt and what is it?

2004 Ford Taurus SES DOCH 24V Trying to change the ABS module out. Need to remove the battery tray - there are 4 bolts. However, one of them is smaller and has has a weird round top: (not sure why, ...
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How to remove a stuck (maybe melted) connector from the blower motor resistor

I have a 2003 Dodge Caravan in which the blower motor just blew out due to melted wiring at the connection of the blower motor cable and the blower motor resistor (picture attached). I've gotten ...
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Broken Exhaust Manifold Stud - Replacement part specs or part number

I was changing the Exhaust Manifold on an '09 Chevy Malibu. When tightening the bolt with the new one on, I twisted the whole bolt and stud off. So I have a couple issues. The broken stud is now left ...
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Broken Exhaust Manifold Stud - How to remove?

I was changing the Exhaust Manifold on an '09 Chevy Malibu. When tightening the bolt with the new one on, I twisted the whole bolt and stud off. So I have a couple issues. The broken stud is now left ...
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How do you remove a broken oil dipstick tube?

I broke it off by mistake and am trying to replace it. Here's what I'm looking at. and here's what I've tried so far. If I try the green one I can pull very hard but it doesn't come loose. I can ...
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Can bolts become fused with an exhaust manifold? If so is it possible to remove them?

I'm starting to think this is a sick joke. It's shaped like a bolt. It has threads like a bolt. But for all intents and purposes it is one with the exhaust manifold. Here's the piece I'm working ...
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Can I cut these two bolts to remove the exhaust manifold on a 99 Ranger

I'm changing the head gasket on this truck. Here you can see the exhause manifold bolted onto the upper intake, which I am trying to remove. And here is the reason I would like to remove the exhaust ...
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Need to rotate an out of reach bolt or pin

I'm trying to fix the shifter on my dirt bike. I've located the problem, which is a pin that's come loose. The shifter kind of works, but every now and then it gets jammed because this loose pin isn'...
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How to Remove Stripped Hex Bolts

While trying to remove a rotor from my Suzuki DL 1000 , I'm finding that some of the hex bolts are stripped. Attempting to use SpeedOut does not appear to be producing the desired result. Any tips ...
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What kind of amperage and sticks needed to weld a nut to a stripped cap/bolt?

I was trying to get a cam gear cap/bolt thing off a 2000 Volvo S80 2.9l and stripped the torx pattern out of a bolt. I'd guess it's around 1-1/2" in diameter, and this is what it looks like: I have ...
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Thread on bolt - what happened?

This is a follow-up question to Seized nut & bolt - difficult to access What happened - or what did I do wrong - for this bolt to lose its thread in this way? Is it simply doing it up too ...
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Seized nut & bolt - difficult to access

Last year I added crash sliders to my aging Honda CBR 600F (1998) Recently whilst trying to remove the fairing for other work, I found the nut and bolt were "seized". Actually, by using a spanner at ...
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Which is least likely to cause twisting off of rusted bolts? Impact gun or breaker bar

I've been working on old cars for a while and have twisted off a few bolts in inconvenient places. Just wondering, all things being equal, which is more likely to result in twisting off a rusted bolt-...
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Remove Transmission Oil Pan Stuck Bolt

I'm still in the process of changing my 2009 Nissan Sentra CVT fluid. But now I'm stuck, well, me and the pan bolt are stuck. I tried the combination wrench but couldn't get enough leverage. Took the ...
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2004 Nissan Altima manifold exhaust bolts [duplicate]

My dad and I were trying to take off the manifold on our Nissan and the bolts will not budge. We don't have the money to do it and we need it done because we don't have any other car. We tried ...
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Can 1/2 drive impact wrenches be adapted to use 3/8 sockets?

I need to add a cordless impact wrench to my toolset do some exhaust work (loosen some really tight bolts, basically). I also plant to use it for CV joint-related work. They seem to be kind of pricey,...
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Using Acura or Honda crankshaft pulley holding tool and not impact wrench when loosening the bolt

Is it safe to use impact wrench when you try to loosen the crankshaft pulley retaining bolt? Many suggest just that without any concern for possibility of causing the damage to engine mounts, maybe ...
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2013 Subaru WRX - Stripped exhaust bolt

I got an exhaust and I was putting it on my car (2013 wrx) and had to disconnect the exhaust after the midpipe. The bolts were rusted so I PB blasted them, and then got one set of bolts off. When I ...
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How to Unscrew/loosen stuck O2 sensor

I have been trying to unscrew my faulty O2 sensor (to replace it with a new one I purchased) in a 2001 Honda Accord, with a F23A4 engine, per the following instructions: http://www.amazon.com/review/...
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Undoing a rounded-off triple-square bolt

I rounded off a triple-square bolt while trying to undo it with a regular 6-point Torx bit. How can I undo it without resorting to purchasing a dedicated triple-square bit? The bolt is done up with ...
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