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Bolt on my amp is stuck. what should i do

Discussion in 'Audio & Video' started by chaos316, Oct 18, 2011.

  1. Oct 18, 2011 at 2:11 PM
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    chaos316

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    The bolt that clamps down my power wire is stuck. I have tried wd40 and pretty much everything else. now the bolt it stripped. what do you guys think i should do?
     
  2. Oct 18, 2011 at 2:22 PM
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    its the bolt that screws down on the power wire
    its stuck all the way down
     
  3. Oct 18, 2011 at 2:26 PM
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    Did you actually allow the WD40 to penetrate or did you spray and try and unscrew?

    If it is stripped, good luck with that. You can try drilling it out.
     
  4. Oct 18, 2011 at 2:30 PM
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  5. Oct 18, 2011 at 2:30 PM
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    alright I'm going to go try all of those right now. wd40 wont hurt the amp at all will it?
     
  6. Oct 18, 2011 at 2:33 PM
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    can that all be found at a home improvement store? i want to take it to a local audio shop, but i feel like they would charge a lot, know its the only jl audio dealer in town
     
  7. Oct 18, 2011 at 2:33 PM
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    grab a drill with a small bit and make a hole on the stripped screw, try to brake it off or some times while your drilling a hole it will start unscrewing it self. After you've done that, do hunting for a new one or find something similar to it, alot of times audio shops have spare screws they will sell ya or even have it for free.
     
  8. Oct 18, 2011 at 2:35 PM
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    you can always look for the screw online, if you live in a little city, just type in the model of the amp,
     
  9. Oct 18, 2011 at 2:36 PM
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    alright. thanks guys
     
  10. Oct 18, 2011 at 2:38 PM
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    yea i think I'm gonna run to that shop real quick.
     
  11. Oct 18, 2011 at 2:39 PM
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    Do you really need to remove the wire? Did you sell the amp? Are you replacing the amp? If replacing-just cut the wire. If selling-sell it with the ground wire. Problem solved.
     
  12. Oct 18, 2011 at 2:40 PM
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    Use a dremel and cut a slot in the head of the bolt. Then use a flat head to unscrew it.
     
  13. Oct 18, 2011 at 2:40 PM
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    no I'm installing it and i can't get the power wire attached
     
  14. Oct 18, 2011 at 2:41 PM
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    i would but i don't have a dremel
     
  15. Oct 18, 2011 at 2:42 PM
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    You might be able to hammer a slightly larger flat head into the head of the bolt and get the same effect.
     
  16. Oct 18, 2011 at 2:55 PM
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    If you can make sure the connector does provide direct access into the amp you should be fine. However things like liquid wrench and the WD40 tend to get everywhere whether you want it or not.

    One more option you can try is to heat the black portion up with maybe a soldering iron. or a small torch with a damp cloth covering the rest of the amp.

    Good luck.

    OPI

     
  17. Oct 18, 2011 at 3:27 PM
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    That's the way to get the screw out.
     
  18. Oct 18, 2011 at 3:50 PM
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    Drill a small hole, get an easy out at the hardware store. It should come right out.
     
  19. Oct 18, 2011 at 6:34 PM
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    I gotcha now. I'm a little slow. Your best bet may be to drill it out if you can't cut a slot in it. I'd get a reverse drill bit smaller than the screw. As you are drilling it will probably start to back itself out. Use pb blaster or aerokroil and let it soak overnight before hand.
     
  20. Oct 18, 2011 at 9:13 PM
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    alright thanks a lot
     
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