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Unread 10-24-2013, 01:59 PM   #1
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windshield bolts

So im having trouble getting those top bolts off the hinge for my KC brackets, We have tried impact driver after i broke one of the bits inside it. Im considering heating it up, and last option going in with a smaller bit and then backing it out

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Unread 10-24-2013, 02:02 PM   #2
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This is a common problem, you can try locating the nuts on the inside of the tub and using a wrench, may be hard though
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Unread 10-24-2013, 02:16 PM   #3
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Mine had some goop on the nut inside the dash. I have read this to be true for most people changing these out. Scrape off the goop with a large screwdriver then put a (1/2"????) box end wrench on the nut. i had to ask my wife to hold the wrench while i used a torx bit on a ratchet for the bolt.


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Think the top bolts went into threaded inserts in the windshield, mine came out really easy
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Unread 10-24-2013, 04:15 PM   #4
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Try an impact wrench turned down a tad. Should come right out. Replace with hex head bolts
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Unread 10-24-2013, 07:16 PM   #5
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I thought only bottom had nuts
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Unread 10-24-2013, 07:19 PM   #6
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I'd drill them out. Its not like you want to reuse those POS torx head bolts again.

Mine is a '91 too. It had nylock nuts with red loctite and was sprayed with sealer too. PITA.
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Unread 10-25-2013, 06:18 AM   #7
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I'd drill them out. Its not like you want to reuse those POS torx head bolts again.
A drill is the go-to tool for removing torx if they don't come out on the first try. less than 2 minutes and they are out.
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Unread 10-25-2013, 09:09 AM   #8
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Which bolts exactly? If they are on the bottom half of the hinge you can drill them out. If on the top half they thread into a blind nut plate in the windshield frame. Drilling could mess up the threads in the nut plate.

Scraping the goo off makes getting the bolts out easy, but scraping the goo is a PITA.
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