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Old 12-16-2005, 11:33 AM   #1
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Stuck bolts

What is the best way to loosen a bolt that I can not get off with a socket, I want to take my seats out but it seems like they are tourqed too hard
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Old 12-16-2005, 11:41 AM   #2
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Get some PB Balaster from AutoZone (or other automotive parts store). Otherwise get an extension for your socket.

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Old 12-16-2005, 11:44 AM   #3
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Assuming you're turning them the right way you'll probably need a breaker bar - a longer non-ratcheting wrench you attach the socket to. You can also slip a short length of pipe over the end of the ratchet to give yourself more leverage. Once you break them loose they come out easy. If all else fails, put lots of protection (rags) around the area and use a penetrating oil like PB Blaster - it stinks something awful but will work to loosen rusted/stuck bolts.

Just be very careful reinstalling them; they're easy to cross-thread - don't ask how I know...

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edit- Tim beat me to it but it's the same advice - use leverage first and then PB Blaster second.
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Old 12-16-2005, 12:05 PM   #4
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You could also use some WD40 if you have some in the house. That's what I normally use for loosening bolts.
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Old 12-16-2005, 01:23 PM   #5
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Sounds like you just need to get a longer ratchet. They shouldn't be rusted down or anything, but some penetrating oil woulnd't hurt.
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