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Old 07-21-2006, 08:10 AM   #1
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Default How loosen bolt that has Loctite?

Any advice on how to loosen a bolt that has Loctite? I'm trying to swap my shifter handle, and I can't budge the bolts. They are the allen head ones on a 5.0, and it's difficult to get leverage on those bolts w/ an allen wrench. I cranked on 'em hard, and I'm not short on strength at all, and I can't budge them, so they must be loctited. I know the tube says to heat it up to 500 degrees to loosen it, but there's no way of getting a heat source into that location without doing a lot of damage to stuff. Any ideas?
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I'd use a decent quality allen-head socket, a socket wrench, and a cheater bar if necessary. I find allen wrenches (the little L-doohickeys) to be weak. Allen headed sockets seem to work better for tight bolts.

I know AutoZone carries some that aren't bad. Be sure to get one with a lifetime warranty.
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I'd use a decent quality allen-head socket, a socket wrench, and a cheater bar if necessary. I find allen wrenches (the little L-doohickeys) to be weak. Allen headed sockets seem to work better for tight bolts.

I know AutoZone carries some that aren't bad. Be sure to get one with a lifetime warranty.
Thanks! Good idea!
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Put the allen wrench of whatever on the bolt...take a trusty hammer and hit the wrench....hard enough...but not TOO hard....that should be enough to break the plastic that Loctite products are made of . All Loctite is is little bits of plastic in a liquid form that bond to screw, nuts, bolts and the sort. Vibrations can also "loosen" some weak Loctite......we use Loctite on Aircraft products...that's how I usually break the loctite when somebody's either used to much of the stuff or the wrong type, or it's really old....
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You could also try to tighten it slighty, then loosen to break it. Good lil trick that many people forget about.
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Hi Folks
the best way to apply heat to the nut or the bolt, once heated- it will come out very easily.
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the best way to apply heat to the nut or the bolt, once heated- it will come out very easily.
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You might be able to get a small butane torch in that area.
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