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post #1 of 16 Old 04-13-2019, 02:15 PM Thread Starter
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broke windshield hinge

took the jeep out for a little run yesterday at local ORV park, went to fold down the windshield once it started warming up and broke the driver side hinge. picked up a new one on the way home. I got the bolts out of the windshield frame but the bottom bolts are just spinning. is there a nut somewhere inside the dash?


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Yes, there are nuts high up under the dash.

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alright, is it something I can get a socket to or do I need to take the dash apart

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alright, is it something I can get a socket to or do I need to take the dash apart
Depends on which ones. You're more likely to get an open ended wrench on them but they usually have sealant on the nuts so they can be a pain. You can drill them out as well if you're struggling with the sealant but you'd still have to get new ones back on.


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gotcha so it can go either way, i'll tackle it tomorrow. hoping there's no sealant

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vise grips

[size=“3”]Shackles & D-rings are different things.
Cranking IS turning over
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there is usually a big goop of body sealer sprayed up in there. Not so bad if you pull back the dash or have small hands. take out the front seat so you can lay and look up underneath

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Here is what you are looking for. I am sure what is so hard about it. Mine are right out in the open..... Then again... My dashboard and tub are not even in the same building right now.
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If you cannot fix it with a hammer then it has to be an electrical problem.
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I know you already have another hinge, but did you consider welding it? MIG got mine back together.

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Getting the nut off is the easy part, shoving your hand up there to start the nut is the hard part. I ended up putting tape on the wrench to help get it started without dropping it 20 times.
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Update time. I got the dash mostly torn apart to realize i had stripped bolts everywhere from previous owners, so I replaced as I went. I didn't get to the three I needed for the hinge since I got tired of drilling out 30 year bolts/screws. I did find my nutsert tool and now I'm wondering if I can drill out the bolts, insert a nut and future proof this thing if I have issues again. Anyone ever do this for the hinge?
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Update time. I got the dash mostly torn apart to realize i had stripped bolts everywhere from previous owners, so I replaced as I went. I didn't get to the three I needed for the hinge since I got tired of drilling out 30 year bolts/screws. I did find my nutsert tool and now I'm wondering if I can drill out the bolts, insert a nut and future proof this thing if I have issues again. Anyone ever do this for the hinge?
They are a simple nut on the back side. Loosen up or pull the dash for access.

If you cannot fix it with a hammer then it has to be an electrical problem.
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Nut sert should work. If you have access to a welder I would make a small 16ga plate that spans over both holes weld nuts to the plate and tack weld the plate to the body. It would suck again if your nutsert started to spin down the road. Definetly a couple of ways to skin that cat.

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They are a simple nut on the back side. Loosen up or pull the dash for access.
i cant get my hands through the dash so I tried pulling it which resulted in a weekend of extracting and replacing stripped bolts and nuts. 2 solid days of jeep time and I still haven't gotten the dash out yet. which is why i'm looking at other options instead of sinking anymore time into extracting the rest of the dash

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^^^^^ that suks. My dash only had one fastener that was stubborn up by the windshield. A little heat worked. I guess I was lucky.

If you cannot fix it with a hammer then it has to be an electrical problem.
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