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Stripped Thermostat Housing Nut

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by PMR85, Jan 19, 2023.

  1. Jan 19, 2023 at 8:31 PM
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    PMR85

    PMR85 [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Today I was in the process of replacing my radiator and doing a thermostat replacement.

    So two things happened:

    1. The plastic fastners that hold the grill where brittle and broke. Where can i order some and what are they actually called?

    2. I found that one of the thermostat housing nuts was stripped by whomever replaced the last thermostat. So tomorrow I'm going to take it off. But my dilemma is where can I get another 6 point nut?

    Are these nuts special order nuts? Or can I go to my local auto parts store and replace it?

    Thanks in advance.

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  2. Jan 19, 2023 at 8:35 PM
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    Bivouac

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    Auto parts or hardware store
     
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  3. Jan 19, 2023 at 9:19 PM
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    Kwikvette

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    Any hardware store; it'll be metric.

    I hate when people strip nuts that could easily be prevented; I specifically bought (and suggest to others) a nice swivel and 6 point socket that grabs the walls of a nut or bolt to prevent from corners getting rounded.
     
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  4. Jan 19, 2023 at 9:24 PM
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    Any good hardware store will have a flange nut that size. Get a grade 8 or better and use a 6 point socket instead of a 12 point to save yourself some grief.
     
  5. Jan 19, 2023 at 10:47 PM
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  6. Jan 19, 2023 at 11:31 PM
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    b_r_o Beef jerky time

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    The nut is either 6x1.0 or 8x1.25
     
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  7. Jan 20, 2023 at 2:29 AM
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    Bivouac

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    when working on these vehicles a box of M6x1.0 , M8x1.25 ,M10x1.25 and M12x1.25 JIS** nuts if you can find them

    will cover most of your dropped or rounded hardware.

    **JIS Japanese Industry Standard
     
  8. Jan 21, 2023 at 9:23 AM
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    Thank you guys.

    Bought the nuts at my local auto shop.
     

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