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Posted: Mon Oct 27, 2008 8:01 pm 
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Well i need some help with the removal of some rounded head bolts that a stuff sidchrome socket has left me with.

Does any one know of a way of removing them, any help would be good.

After reading a workshop manual they say that there is lockite 234 used on the head bolts, this could explain how hard it was to crack the bolts. Is this true ?
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Posted: Mon Oct 27, 2008 8:09 pm 
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Posted: Mon Oct 27, 2008 8:12 pm 
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DO NOT hammer and chisel your head bolts DANGER WILL ROBINSON... Tap on slightly smaller socket that is single hex and try that first.

 

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Posted: Mon Oct 27, 2008 8:15 pm 
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Posted: Mon Oct 27, 2008 8:37 pm 
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Find yourself a set of Metrinch sockets. They grip on the flat, not on the corners.

Or worst case scenario, get yourself some bolt removers, they have a spiral shape to them. Coventrys will have them.
Metrinch are hard to find, but well worth it. Coventrys have similar, but havent tried them to know of their quality..

 

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Posted: Mon Oct 27, 2008 9:18 pm 
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I used a standard 12 point socket once and rounded two heads bolts, so i drilled the heads off. It took a while and required hand skill but worked.

Next time i took head bolts off i used some 6 point impact sockets i got from supercheap for about $16 and they worked fine.

 

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Posted: Mon Oct 27, 2008 9:51 pm 
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If they are rouned, use one size smaller socket, or weld a nut on the end and use that as your anchor point to undo them
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Posted: Tue Oct 28, 2008 1:28 pm 
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+1 to what TerroristGHIA said.
Definitely agree to welding a nut on and using that.

Always use a Single (6 sided) hex socket for head bolts, i'd never not use a single hex impact socket personally.

 

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Posted: Tue Oct 28, 2008 1:42 pm 
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corner huggers = nut f**k.

 

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Posted: Tue Oct 28, 2008 1:45 pm 
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Yep as said, weld on a nut over the head.

It will also help with loosening up the loctite too.

 

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Posted: Tue Oct 28, 2008 6:07 pm 
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u can weld nut 4 shaw but i drilled mine out to the shaft size in 3 stages then twisted the head off then unscrewed the rest easy took 5 mins
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Posted: Tue Oct 28, 2008 6:14 pm 
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I used the multi sided socket and managed to get the head bolts off no problems. I just made sure the socket was on the bolt dead straight and not angled. Will be investing in single hex socket soon though...don't want to push my luck lol

+1 to welding nut on top.

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Posted: Tue Oct 28, 2008 8:34 pm 
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irwin make some bolt extractors:

http://irwin.com/irwin/consumer/jhtml/d ... Prod100512

After breaking one ratchet and one extension bar, finally got the bolt off my car, no damage to the socket at all, they're a good thing.
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Posted: Wed Oct 29, 2008 8:23 pm 
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+1 bolt extractors
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