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Unread 05-17-2002, 06:06 PM   #1
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torx bolts on rear diff

They strip so easily..
once the damage is done how am I supposed to get them off...any tips?
don't want to try any of the others till I get some ideas...
once they're off though...
I'll be replacing them with something else...
any little tips would be great..

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Unread 05-17-2002, 07:18 PM   #2
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I had to use either needle nose vise grips or a chisel and hammer.
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Unread 05-20-2002, 10:12 AM   #3
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goto an auto parts store or somewhere that sells tools and get a set of left handed, or backwards drill bits and drill it out with the drill in reverse and the drill bit should snag and screw it out...thats how we take care of stripped out bolts at home...
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Unread 05-20-2002, 11:57 AM   #4
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I have used vise-grips very successfully on torx bolts.
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Unread 05-20-2002, 08:41 PM   #5
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Another vote for the vise grips.
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Unread 05-21-2002, 05:19 AM   #6
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And another vote for the vise grips!
I think craftsman makes a "screw out" for buggered screws, cant imagine they work all that well for that size bolt though.
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Unread 05-21-2002, 07:02 AM   #7
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Torx bolts tend to have a signifigant-sized head on them, with sufficient "flat-area" to be able to grab them well with vises. <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" />
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Unread 05-21-2002, 08:13 AM   #8
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did one better...
used my wife little dremel tool with a cutting blade on it...
cut two sides so i could fit a 1/2 wrench on it...
worked like a charm...
took some doing ..space is limited..
replaced them with some stainless bolts for the next time..

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Unread 05-21-2002, 03:54 PM   #9
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</font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Arial">Originally posted by dpoliver:
<strong>replaced them with some stainless bolts for the next time..

dpo</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Arial">Be careful about using stainless steel. I just want to caution everyone that just because it's stainless, doesn't mean it's the correct fastener for the job.

Stainless is good stuff, but it's "gummy." It can shear easily if you get the wrong kind, and it can really mess up threads if used in softer materials like aluminum. What I mean by that it that it has a certain softness and malleability to it that doesn't always lend itself to the application. Stainless is pretty, but be aware that because of the high content of chromium and vanadium in it, it doesn't behave under stress like good ol' carbon steel.

They do make high-strength, heat-treated stainless bolts. Stainless it fine, but if you take out a Grade-8 bolt, be sure to replace it with a grade-8. Your Jeep will live longer that way.

Sorry, LOL I don't mean to preach. I just been a mechanic my whole life (industrial & aircraft). Oh yes, and I recommend the vise-grips too. Get a nice new pair, the serrations on the jaws will be nice and sharp!
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