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red locktite removal

Discussion in 'Suspension' started by MadTaco461, May 12, 2010.

  1. May 12, 2010 at 9:54 PM
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    MadTaco461

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    A few weeks ago I broke a bolt that was threaded into my spindle. I'm replacing the ball joints and one of the bolts snapped at the threads inside my spindle. The last owner used red locktite and torqued the heck outta almost every bolt on the truck. So I'm planning on drilling out the bolt and using a screw remover set.

    Heard from someone that pouring nail polish remover (acetone) will hope break up the red locktite. Anyone hear of this? I'm also thinking of using a torch afterward to heat up the metal to help out after all the nail polish remove has evaporated. Any more hints will help besides trash your spindle and get another one.

    Almost every bolt I have came across on my truck cannot be removed with an impact gun and I have to used a breaker bar with a bar over it.:laser:

    A word of wisdom to the people that love to over-torque the heck outta your stuff. There is a thing called too TIGHT.
     
  2. May 12, 2010 at 9:58 PM
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    Drill it out and tap a new thread in it. Its not much just for one tap and die. or you can go to harbor freight and buy a cheap set that has the stuff.
     
  3. May 12, 2010 at 10:05 PM
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    heat the bolt up with a torch first and let it cool, then drill and remove. This will break the chemical bond which the loctite creates.
     
  4. May 12, 2010 at 10:07 PM
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    Do this and apply heat, loctite comes out easiest with a torch.
     
  5. May 13, 2010 at 4:58 AM
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    your right on man! heat is your best friend when removing loctite bolts or any bolt thats stuck for that matter. put heat on it for a few mins. with a torch then try to remove. If it doesnt come out the first time try again because it will. Its a lot quicker than drilling and running the risk of breaking a easy out off in your hole.:thumbsup:
     
  6. May 13, 2010 at 5:32 AM
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    Some things should not be installed with red loctite if they are intended to be removed.
    Yes HEAT is needed to break the bond.
    Use blue if you want to be able to remove it.
     
  7. May 13, 2010 at 7:47 AM
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    And actually - loctite really doesn't do much after its disturbed from its original installation (so to speak). So even if you can't get it off, I woudln't worry too much about it. It's not gonna have the same characteristics as it does when first applied.

    I use blue/red stuff at work a lot. After you disturb the stuff, it just acts more like blue (or less) loctite the second time around.
     
  8. May 13, 2010 at 2:15 PM
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    Thanks for the advise guys! I just wanted some seconds opinions. I mostly go with blue loctite, but the last owner loved to glue and tighten everything down as I found out the hard way.
     
  9. May 13, 2010 at 6:26 PM
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    Heat the bolt up almost red hot then put a candle on top of the bolt. the wax from the candle will melt into the threads of the bolt. Works like a charm.
     
  10. May 13, 2010 at 9:47 PM
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    wow that actually sounds pretty believable...will have to try that
     
  11. May 18, 2010 at 9:50 PM
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    I see this thread is a few days old now.......
    FYI, the heat is your friend if you don't use too much and disturb the temper of the metal. Especially important with steering & suspension components.
    Another trick to help loosen stuck/seized fasteners is to heat it up, like the others have already said, & while it is hot carefully spray with weasle pee (penetrating fluid) as soon as the fluid hits the heated parts they will start to cool & contract. When they do they will draw the fluid into the threads. It works realy well with rusted bolts.;)
     
  12. May 19, 2010 at 10:50 AM
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    never heard of weasle pee. But this bolt had some clearance to weld a nut on top(by filling in the center of the nut to connect to the broken bolt) . It got the bolt really hot and burnt off the lock tite. Just put a socket on top and came out like a champ. Thanks for the advise everyone
     
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