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Unread 05-04-2008, 08:50 AM   #1
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Door Hinge Nuts Buried Into The Hinge - HELP!!

I bought a 2004 TJ and the prior owner put normal nuts onto the hinge bolts and they were small enough to be pulled into the hole of the hinge itself so I cant get a wrench on them.

Any ideas on how to get the nut/bolt off??

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Do you have any pictures? would a thin socket work? If not get out the dremel (sp?) and cut a slit in it for a screw driver. I almost put regular screws in mine but they did not fit so I used the ones from my hard top
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Unread 05-04-2008, 08:58 AM   #3
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Do you have any pictures? would a thin socket work? If not get out the dremel (sp?) and cut a slit in it for a screw driver. I almost put regular screws in mine but they did not fit so I used the ones from my hard top
I guess I could try to dremel/drill off the nuts. Are replacement nuts/bolts easy to find.
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Unread 05-04-2008, 08:32 PM   #4
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I used the ones for my hard top but I also put on a light bar. If you want I think I can get you some Wednesday. I am going to the junkyard that day. Let me know if you want me to find you some.
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First time I took the doors off I threw the nuts away.
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I bought a 2004 TJ and the prior owner put normal nuts onto the hinge bolts and they were small enough to be pulled into the hole of the hinge itself so I cant get a wrench on them.

Any ideas on how to get the nut/bolt off??
Not possible. The pin for the upper hinge is the same diameter as the hole in the hinge. The shoulder on the upper hinge pin also stops just below the bottom of the lower hinge and any nut of any size put on the threaded part would bottom out against the shoulder.

Why don't you post up a pic so we can see what's really going on?

I'm guessing the door is stuck there's no nut at all.
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Not possible. The pin for the upper hinge is the same diameter as the hole in the hinge. The shoulder on the upper hinge pin also stops just below the bottom of the lower hinge and any nut of any size put on the threaded part would bottom out against the shoulder.

Why don't you post up a pic so we can see what's really going on?

I'm guessing the door is stuck there's no nut at all.
Unfortunately maybe they swapped out nuts because its buried in there. will get some pics soon.
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Unfortunately maybe they swapped out nuts because its buried in there. will get some pics soon.
There is no in there to bury anything into. The hinge pin fills the hole completely.
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yeah a pic would be nice. its just a hollow tube all the way through...

but how are you going to get a picture of this??? good luck and ill be keeping an eye on this thread
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I believe he's talking about where the flat metal attaches to the body, not the hinge pin. The previous owner of my jeep did this with the windshield hinge light mount brackets. he put hex bolts on with too small of a head and no washers so the bolt head is not exposed enough to get a wrench on. I would suggest using easy outs.
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I believe he's talking about where the flat metal attaches to the body, not the hinge pin. The previous owner of my jeep did this with the windshield hinge light mount brackets. he put hex bolts on with too small of a head and no washers so the bolt head is not exposed enough to get a wrench on. I would suggest using easy outs.
If that's the case, then take a socket and grind the end of it down to a taper that matches the countersink for the original flat head screws. It will then go on and let you remove the bolts.

I hope that's the case because I've mentioned the hinge pin and he neither clarified or refuted it.
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There is no in there to bury anything into. The hinge pin fills the hole completely.
Picture coming.
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Picture coming.
Is it the pin the door swings on, or the flat part that mounts to the side of the Jeep?
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I originally thought he meant the flat piece of metal. I highly doubt he means the sleeve. Lets see those pics!
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I originally thought he meant the flat piece of metal. I highly doubt he means the sleeve. Lets see those pics!
What's confusing is the use of the singular "hole in the hinge itself" and not the plural "holes that mount the hinge" to the body.
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