Secized bolt woes

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  1. Omerta

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    upper spindle bolt secized to the lower control arm. in atempts to loosen it broke off the head of the bolt leaving me with a stud.

    so far ive tryed 2 days of soaking in LW and WD40, loads of heat with a propane tourch and im trying to drill it out but all my drill bits suck and will not bite into the forged steel.

    Is there awnythign else i can try? i have basic tools.
     
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    Ok propane torches are good for heating up a can of beans when your out camping or doing some blades or something, NOT for getting out seized bolts. You need some major heat on that and a set of vice grips. Oxy-acetelene will take that out in a jiffy. So you're either borrowing a set of torches or towing it to a garage.
     
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    I knew Mr. Heat would show up in this thread :lol:
     
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    i was thinking of buying a benzene torch as i cannot afford an oxy-acetelene, would it supply enough heat to be suffishent?

    also i got the bolt out, it took alot of convincing with some larger bits and my dremel.

    after tonight ill be able to stop and turn without clunks for the first time!
     
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    Yeah I'm not sure what type of heat Butane will put out. Probably very similar to the propane can. The oxy-acetylene will put out over 3000F
     
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    Is what im thinking of getting. would that be suffishent(sp)?
     
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    I don't know, I doubt it. Might work for small jobs, but the amount of heat and time you need to put into something to free it u will probably drain those cans in no time. Its like cutting a board with a butter knife when you could use a power saw.
     
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    crap. i cant afford an oxy-acetylene
     
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    it will also change your insurance rates if people find out you are keeping it within 50 feet of your house. so dont let them know if you are planning on it. (my dad is a welder, so i know this) lol
     
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    Just throw the spindle in a car and head a garage and see if they will help you out. Thats amusing you have access to a car.

    Most tire shops have torches, and good gas station garages. Am sure they would help you out.
     
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    Im with Stu on this one. If you dont have the proper equipment, you may as well save yourself some time/stress and just drive the spindle to a shop and get the bolt out in no time.
     
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    i got it out, thanks for the suggestions though.

    anyone know if that torch above would supply enough heat to do much?
     
  13. stu mccrea

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    It depends on so many things. Basically the answer would be no, but if your lucky and the bolt isn't really on there those torches can help in braking it free, but with the climates our cars face it requires more heat.
     
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    get those things on the canadian tire commercial they are like a socket but have teeth so they back out old screws i have a set they have been very helpfull
     

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