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So I thought it'd be cool to put on my strut tower brace finally and so I go outside and use my dads 9/16th 12 point crescent wrench. I get 5 of the 8 bolts off and suddenly the last three start to flipping strip. Is there anyway to remedy this? Some sort of special way of not stripping the nuts? Keep in mind I have two wrenches and neither of them work well. I don't want to completely strip the damn nuts down. I already sprayed a very healthy amount of WD40 in them and it doesn't seem to be helping at all. :evil: :evil:
 

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I'm going to hijack my own thread here. I was out there lookin at my engine bay, has anyone tried to take their horn out? That's gotta be a good 30 lbs plus the hosing and vacuum loss created by it. Oh and I've pretty much completely stripped one of the screws and partially on the other two. they just won't budge. I'm pissed, and I gave up.
 

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fixitmattman said:
***cough*** METRIC ***cough***

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Well I'm working with what I have. and I don't have a metric open ended wrench, and I also don't have a 14 mm (thats what it takes) ratchet that will fit over the bolt. :evil:
 

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I'm going to hijack my own thread here. I was out there lookin at my engine bay, has anyone tried to take their horn out? That's gotta be a good 30 lbs plus the hosing and vacuum loss created by it. Oh and I've pretty much completely stripped one of the screws and partially on the other two. they just won't budge. I'm pissed, and I gave up.
Vacuum loss? 30lbs? What kind of horn did your escort come with :?: It should have a little 2lb electric horn behind the right side of the bumper. Are you sure you aren't trying to remove the cruise control servo?

Time to invest in some toolsets with 14mm wrenches... now, before you give yourself more headaches. The price has dropped on those ratcheting combination wrenches that you can pick up for a reasonable price at most home improvement stores (@ about $10/wrench) I got a set for Christmas and they've quickly become my tools of choice.
 

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I don't...know...what I was looking at....well there's a round ...thing...on the left side of the engine in front of the strut tower brace that has two vacuum lines going to it and one line going into the passenger compartment...that's the cruise control servo? I never knew that. *soaks up beaverboy's insane amount of knowledge*

Maybe I do need to get some new tools, I have two toolsets and no 6 point 14 mm sockets. :x

The problem is the one bolt is already pretty much completely stripped. the 9/16ths open end i used worked on 5 of the 8 bolts, but i stripped one and the other three don't look much better. Any suggestions on that one I basically destroyed in a fit of cursing?
 

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One of my specialties, removing stripped hardware.

Good tools to use:

At least a 10" set of curved jaw vice grip pliers.

An 8" pipe wrench does wonders.

Hammer and chisel. Chisel around the outside of the nut to get it spinning. (I don't recommend this one, as the sucess rate is poor if you've never done it before.)

File or grind down the sides of the nut to a size socket that you do have.

THEORETICALLY they shouldn't be on there that tight, as the recommended torque spec is only 25 fl*lbs. RUST AND CORROSION, need I say more.

Be sure to torque these to 25 ft*lbs when you get the new ones in.

Good Luck :D

Matt 8)
 

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No problem, hope things work out. What's Brian up to? I'm waiting to hear back from him about getting an a/c vent from him from his egt.
 

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You can do what I did - torch the nut off. Just make sure to protect the surrounding area. No use in a melted strut mount.
 

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Well. I'm pissed. I filed the one that is completely rounded off down to a 13 mm, and now it still won't turn.

The other two just are hard to get to in the first place, and the good ways of turning them have been rounded.

25 ft lbs my ass. 5 of the 8 came off with a 9/16s size open ended wrench. Now with a 14 mm I can't get the last three to budge even an inch. It's pissing me off. Plus I got three mos bites now. I hate these little f*ers. feed on some damn squirrel blood and leave me the f.. alone. :evil:

I want to put this stupid strut brace on here but how am I supposed to even do my own struts if I can't get the damn bolts off? I have two extra nuts I can use to reinstall them so if I destroy 2 I won't care.

Are there any feasible ideas I can use? I can't torch it off because I don't have a torch and I'm not going to drill the bolt out to get the nut off. my problem is solely with the nut being stripped and rounded.
 

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93EGTinLR said:
fixitmattman said:
***cough*** METRIC ***cough***

Matt 8)
beat me to it....lol....I would say that owning an Escort that you def need the metrics...lol

sorry james...had to get the punch in...
True, the metric tools work better (somewhat), but you have to remember that i got 5 of the 8 off with a non metric 9/16ths" open ended wrench...without stripping them at all. as soon as I started using the 14 mm I stripped nuts 7 and 8. (although i did strip the 6th nut with the 9/16ths yesterday)
 

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The only thing I could recommend would be a vice-grips, really clamp down tight on it, and then try to use something to give you more leverage (I have used my 4-way tire iron from time to time). Hope this helps.
 

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James92Scort said:
93EGTinLR said:
fixitmattman said:
***cough*** METRIC ***cough***

Matt 8)
beat me to it....lol....I would say that owning an Escort that you def need the metrics...lol

sorry james...had to get the punch in...
True, the metric tools work better (somewhat), but you have to remember that i got 5 of the 8 off with a non metric 9/16ths" open ended wrench...without stripping them at all. as soon as I started using the 14 mm I stripped nuts 7 and 8. (although i did strip the 6th nut with the 9/16ths yesterday)
don't feel too bad though, at work the truck I'm working on right now...the engine and tranny are metric...the rest of the truck including the mounting for the engine and tranny is all standard....took a couple of stripped nuts to figure that out....some of the accessories are on the engine side of the mounting metric and on the accesory side standare....it's crazy
 

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James92Scort said:
True, the metric tools work better (somewhat), but you have to remember that i got 5 of the 8 off with a non metric 9/16ths" open ended wrench...without stripping them at all. as soon as I started using the 14 mm I stripped nuts 7 and 8. (although i did strip the 6th nut with the 9/16ths yesterday)
When you use the correct tool for the job things tend to work a lot better, not somewhat. :roll:

For those who didn't know, there are some common sizes between imperial and metric sizes.

3/8 = 10
7/16 = 11
1/2 = 13
9/16 = 14
5/8 = 17
3/4 = 19
etc

The aren't exactly interchangable, just real close. When in doubt, use the best and tightes fitting size socket or wrench.

Matt 8)
 

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Of course you know once you get the bolts off you'll have to modify the bracket that holds the "hood holder-up rod" so your strut tower bar will fit over the top of the left side.

I think the pipe wrench suggestion is a good way to go to remove the stripped nuts.

Good luck!
 
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