1998 TJ Fuel Tank Skid Plate Bolt Issue
I have an issue trying to drop my fuel tank on a 1998 TJ. One of the seven bolts holding the skid plate on just spins when I try to loosen the nut. There doesn't appear to be any way to get to the head of the bolt. Any suggestions on what to do?
Originally Posted by wmweiler View Post
Don't forget to put some anti-seize on the new bolt!
Also I believe the skid bolts are held in with nutcerts if that helps.
You can try to put some downward pressure on the skid plate so that the spinning nut is getting pushed against the inside of the frame. Worked for me then I just never put the bolt back in when I was done
Those are carriage bolts. Either the bolt base has rounded or the hole has rounded. Cut it off and you will have access to the top once you drop the tank. If the hole is rounded you'll have to address that before putting the tank back up.
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I had a similar problem when removing the skid plate on my 89 Comanche. The nuts on two of the bolts into the boxed frame just spun when I tried to get them out. By wedging a couple of screw drivers between the bracket and the frame to force the nut against the frame I was able to get one bolt out. The second one I had to grind the head of the bolt off. Before I go the put the fuel tank and the skid plate back on I may try and weld the nut in place by screwing a long bolt in to hold the nut in place and welding around the edge of the hole in the frame.
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