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Old 05-21-2004, 05:27 AM   #1
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Ok me and a buddy of mine were trying to get off my water pump pulley, and one of the bolt heads decided to strip for some reason. The other two came off no sweat. Is there a good way to get this thing off, and get it back on tight? Id appreciate any help.

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Old 05-21-2004, 05:55 AM   #2
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Ok I cant edit it but it should say that we rounded off the head rather than stripped it.

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Old 05-21-2004, 06:39 AM   #3
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Robo-grips, or a strap wrench maybe?

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Old 05-21-2004, 07:44 AM   #4
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a few options Bert...try vice grips first of course...the bolt for the water pump shouldn't be torqued too tight. You can take a dremel drill and grind each side of the bolt head down to create a longer parallel flat than was on the hex before...creating more of rectangular bolt head with two long flat parallel sides. Then turn down a large crescent wrench and put it over the rectangular bolt head and loosen. Worse case you can cut off the head of the bolt with a dremmel cut off wheel or hack saw, remove the water pump and then take a pair of vice grips and unscrew the now unloaded shank of the old bolt.
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Old 05-21-2004, 08:39 AM   #5
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Yep, dremel to the rescue!

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Old 05-21-2004, 09:04 AM   #6
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Sears Craftsmen Bolt Extractor. Hands down the best bolt extractor I have ever used. When used correctly, it will remove it no matter what the head condition is.

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Old 05-21-2004, 03:41 PM   #7
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Bolt extractors work well (sears tool that you will probably use twice) I have experience that involves a long story involving a battery LOL. I wouldn't plan on putting the bolt back on though. A new bolt shouldbt be too expensive ( under $1.25)

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Old 05-21-2004, 10:54 PM   #8
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Ok, will that bolt extractor work in that SMALL area? Theres very little space at all between the frame and the bolts. If you have to use a ratchet, its too big to fit up in there, unless Im completely missing something. I might just go with the dremel and purchase the extractor anyways. Im always playing with my car, so Ill probably need it again. Thanks for the ideas.

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Old 05-21-2004, 11:37 PM   #9
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As far as I remember you can take the whole water pump with the pulley off the car, and then work with it at home, or your garage. Those bolts were very hard to work with, I remember still. I used LARGE vice!!!

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Old 05-22-2004, 12:43 AM   #10
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The bolt extractor is a socket. If you can't pull the pump off the car first, possibly some needle-nosed vise grips (the cheap brand ones slip off too easily for this purpose) locked very tightly on the remaning head might work, just use the alternating loosen -then-tighten method to help get it to turn.

Soaking it good with a little PB Blaster might make it want to break loose a little easier also.

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I bought of some of that tonight. I will probably let that soak on there while Im working on the stupid crank pulley. Man those things are on there.....thanks for the tips guys!

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