Hey guys...any safe way to take off the hood hinge bolts without stripping them? I want to mount a High-lift jack on my hood but you gotta replace the existing bolts. I purchased the start bits but when used, all I'm doing is stripping the bolt. Thought about taking it to a shop and just paying someone with the right equipment to do it. Any suggestions?
I would advise having some help you on this. I would use a hammer to knock the torxs bit into the bolt , then use an impact gun or a breaker bar to brake the bolt free with a quick pull while keeping as much pressure pushing down on the bolt and break it free with an impact gun or a breaker bar.
I also agree, and think the best place to mount it is the garage ^ or on the rear bumper. But that doesn't answer your question, Bill8bud and others are right on. If its stripped already you can try hammering a one size bigger bit into it. That has worked for me before.
After buying a jeep the best 3 tools in my garage are, breaker bar, impact gun, and band-aids.
BTW... interesting fact most people don't know. Its actually called Blasters - PB, or Blasters - PB 50, Or at least it was some years ago until it blew up. Some of the "old" guys might know that
edit: forgot to mention, for the best possible chance of not breaking or stripping anything is to soak it for SEVERAL DAYS prior to removal. Your choice of penetrating oil, but soak it first. Best advice I can give on anything you think might be a bugger to remove.
half acetone/half atf. best penetrating oil you will ever use. Keep off any painted surfaces. I find that a high quality set of torx heads like Snap On, Mac... will give you the best shot at removing without rounding out. No guarantees though, those factory bolts are terrible. I replace them every time I have to remove them.
My choice of penetrating oil on my rusted jeep is Kroil.. Comes in an orange can. My brother in law uses it in the field for his job and gave me a can to try out. Its kinda expensive ($20+ for a spray can) but it makes PB Blaster look like water (and I used PB for years!). I'll pay gladly for the Kroil now that I know how good it works..
Penetrating oil aside, nothing defeats a 20 year old torx head like an impact driver. I went years before finding that we had one hiding in our shop in an antiquated box. Even in California, I won't extract a torx bolt without one save for a track bar that's deep enough to put a torx socket on and hook up to the impact gun.