FU to frozen nuts

maz

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trying to replace the idler arm on the car
can't get the mounting nuts loose
hosed them down with WD
tried heating them uo with propane torch
banging on them with hammer and punch
no fuckin' luck
just buttoned it back up
getting cold out now
guess i'll have to take it to the shop
or get a nut splitter
FUCK YOU HARDWARE
 

maz

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didn't think of that
but i did try to tighten them a little
to maybe break them loose
no movement either way
 

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You could try getting a cylinder of MAPP. Burns hotter than propane.

Heat works in any case where you are able to use it without destroying what you are working on, and nothing beats an oxyacetylene torch.
Mapp might work, depending on your torch and the size of the nut.
 
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I love my oxy/acetylene. was cutting bolts off to reuse steel earlier this week. Love that smell.

I also scare the shit out of my roommate when I threaten to shoot the tanks at the neighbors.
 

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the size was another puzzle
some stuff on this car i know is metric
the only thing i have that fit
was the open end side of an 11/16th combo wrench
the box end wouldn't fit
nor would a socket
and i won't be able to get a ratchet on the top one
unless i take the air pump out
if it was warm and i had my truck here as a back-up , i'd do that
 

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I soo thought this thread was going to be about something else!
I just interested to know how it happened. No Homo
 

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I soo thought this thread was going to be about something else!
I just interested to know how it happened. No Homo
HA HA ... I soo did as well ... don't really care about the car stuff ... but the frozen nuts would've been interesting - especially with the requisite pictures :)
 

maz

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Can you get a breaker bar or another pipe to use as leverage?
well one problem is
only being able to get the open end 11/16ths on them
they could possibly be 18 mm
but my wrench set
and socket set go from 17-19 mm
i think my stuff at work
is the same way
FUCK THE METRIC SYSTEM TOO
 

maz

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like i said
apparently 18 mm isn't
a very popular size
for some reason
 

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but...what happened to the frozen nuts?

or is this one of those guy threads where I should be learning "guy stuff" like the plumbing thread? Maz? :wavy smiley guy-thingie:
 

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Feel your pain man, I just snapped the bolt on my thermostat housing.
 

maz

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but...what happened to the frozen nuts?

or is this one of those guy threads where I should be learning "guy stuff" like the plumbing thread? Maz? :wavy smiley guy-thingie:
yes
know your place , woman :action-sm
 

maz

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Feel your pain man, I just snapped the bolt on my thermostat housing.
i hear ya bro
i'm fucking bummed
thought i'd have knocked this
off my list today
only 3 nuts involved
2 wouldn't budge

hate the thought of having to take it to someone else
we'll see
 

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Feel your pain man, I just snapped the bolt on my thermostat housing.
I did that about 10 years ago on my '78 Cutlass. What a bitch... Easy-Outs didn't work, had to drill the holes clean and install Heli-coils.
 

maz

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I did that about 10 years ago on my '78 Cutlass. What a bitch... Easy-Outs didn't work, had to drill the holes clean and install Heli-coils.
only had to use them once
a long time ago
don't even remember the job
it wasn't fun though , i'm sure
 

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Yeah im going to try to avoid easy outs, I have a cheap set and it will probably snap inside the hole.

Luckily it snapped about 1/4" above the surface so I can try to grab it with something...if not I'll weld a nut to the stud and try that, if not I'll just drill it out entirely and retap it - its aluminum.

Mav, try some PB Blaster, far superior than WD40. Do you have access to an air gun?
 
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Have you tried heating? Heat is your friend. 13/16, 18mm or 19mm should work if they're close..

If they don't, go to a hardware store & buy the size you need.
 

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Luckily it snapped about 1/4" above the surface so I can try to grab it with something...if not I'll weld a nut to the stud and try that, if not I'll just drill it out entirely and retap it - its aluminum.

Mav, try some PB Blaster, far superior than WD40. Do you have access to an air gun?
never learned how to weld
but i have a great welder buddy at work

and please don't confuse me with MAV
it's probably an insult to both of us :icon_mrgr


i definitely need to look into the 18 mm scene
but the top nut will be inaccessible
with a socket
unless i pull the air pump

i wish it was spring or summer here
 

maz

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believe me
i appreciate all you guy's input
just a little pissed
that i couldn't get this done today

a nice warm shop would have been nice
 

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Yeah im going to try to avoid easy outs, I have a cheap set and it will probably snap inside the hole.

Luckily it snapped about 1/4" above the surface so I can try to grab it with something...if not I'll weld a nut to the stud and try that, if not I'll just drill it out entirely and retap it - its aluminum.

Mav, try some PB Blaster, far superior than WD40. Do you have access to an air gun?
I wasn't that lucky. It broke about 1/4 below the surface of the thermostat flange on the intake manifold.

But at least it was the middle of May when I did it... Much more comfortable than this time of year...

Good luck, fellas.