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Discussion in 'General Tech and Maintenance' started by enemycivic, Mar 17, 2003.

  1. enemycivic

    enemycivic Member

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    Ok last question for the night, I have had so many problems snaping and breaking bolts I would really like to know the right way if there is one on loosening bolts? I try to get a feel for it but its not working and has cost me.
     
  2. BigJ

    BigJ I'm just about that action Boss. VIP

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    Umm How do you break so many bolts? I have broke one once, and that was on the cat because I overtightened. I just use a cheater bar if I don't want to jerk on it. And make sure you're always even on the bolt, not straight can cause many to break easy.
     
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    What do you mean even? I just broke my other steering rack bolt now I got two bolts that need to be drilled out and replaced. such a idoit I know but also what is a cheater bar? a breaker bar with alot of leverage?
     
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    A cheater bar is a ratchet with a longer pipe over the handle to give you more leverage (easier to break your bolts) spray break free on them a while before unbolting them.
     
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    BigJ I'm just about that action Boss. VIP

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    Yeah, that's the correct word for it a breaker bar. I try to stay away from trying to rip off a bolt buy prying on it. I use a penetrating catalyst on bolts that don't want to come off. Then after about 10 minutes after spraying it on I go after trying to take it off again. I try to use swivel sockets for the hard to reach bolts so they are for sure even on the bolt. WHen I mean even, I mean that the socket is over one side of the bolt as much as the other sides. Worse problem I have ever found was when I broke 3 sockets and one 3/8 drive ratchet in one day working on a diesel truck, but good thing was life time warranty.
     
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    Actually there is a tool called a breaker bar,it is a socket tool like a ratchet,without the ratchet part.
     
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    lsvtec GNU/Linux Evangelist

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    Yeah, a cheater bar is a long piece of pipe that fits over your ratchet/breaker bar. Mine lives right next to my Sledge. I call them leverage and persuasion. :)
     
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