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Unread 11-02-2013, 01:43 PM   #1
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How to remove bolts that just keep spinning?

I'm trying to remove my front bumper end caps/airdam since it sags and looks like ****. Thing is, every single bolt spins and spins (or turns, whatever word you want to use) when I put the wrench to it without coming loose. It's painfully annoying, and since I am borderline retarded when it comes to any sort of handy work, I have no idea how to remove them. Advice?

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Unread 11-02-2013, 02:07 PM   #2
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Put another wrench/socket over the nut on the other end of the bolt. The rivets will need to be drilled out, cut, or otherwise dismembered.
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Unread 11-02-2013, 02:20 PM   #3
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A pound of c-4 should work well,or a stick of dynamite if oh cant get any c-4. Or maybe vice grips?
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Unread 11-02-2013, 03:18 PM   #4
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Put another wrench/socket over the nut on the other end of the bolt.
Let's not go the simple route.
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Some of those trim bolts do not use regular nuts. They use those washer thin retainer thingamabobs. I imagine they make a special tool for these annoying devices but I've never used one. Sometimes a wrench will work but sometimes you've got to be creative by using pliers, vise-grips, cutting tool, etc.

I replace them with real nuts.
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Let's not go the simple route.
This would be great if I had hands the size of a peanut. I can't fit my hands into the space where this would even be possible, unless I am not trying hard enough.
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Unread 11-02-2013, 04:54 PM   #7
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Just push harder until you can reach them. Make sure you have someone come check on you if they don't hear from you for a few hours. I'd hate to read in the paper about a corpse found with his hand stuck inside a bumper I contemplated exactly that this afternoon trying to get my hand and a wrench into a spot in my mustangs engine compartment.

Worst comes to worse, cut-off tool and new fasteners.
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Unread 11-02-2013, 05:20 PM   #8
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Arent those pieces just plastic?
If so rip them of, or if you are weak tie a rope around the part you want to remove and the other end to a tree and put it in R and floor it.
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Unread 11-02-2013, 09:25 PM   #9
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Just push harder until you can reach them. Make sure you have someone come check on you if they don't hear from you for a few hours. I'd hate to read in the paper about a corpse found with his hand stuck inside a bumper I contemplated exactly that this afternoon trying to get my hand and a wrench into a spot in my mustangs engine compartment.

Worst comes to worse, cut-off tool and new fasteners.
Thats the real nice thing about having kids,they have very small hands for many years of dash work and other tight spots.
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Unread 11-03-2013, 08:49 PM   #10
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A BFH and a chisel sometimes can do wonders.
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Unread 11-04-2013, 05:00 AM   #11
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A nut buster if you can fit it in.
http://www.northerntool.com/shop/too...Fc-Y4AodL38AVg
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Unread 11-05-2013, 08:48 AM   #12
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Worst comes to worse, cut-off tool and new fasteners.
That sounds worse than just dying with your hand stuck in the bumper.
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Oh, this looks cool. I'm going to have to give this a go.
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Unread 11-06-2013, 11:15 AM   #14
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You don't need a nut buster. The plastic is held on by nuts/bolts/screws/rivets, most of which you can snap off with hand tools. The bumper brackets are bolted to the frame rails and the factory used nut clips. Rusted out nut clips will break and spin. Simply put a pliers or vise grips on the nut clip, and remove the bolts.

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