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Old 12-07-2012, 04:54 PM   #1
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Brake caliper bolt stripped! Plz help!

Hey. So i diy'd my front brakes and sway end links today. Got the passenger side done fine but now the front driver side caliper guide bolt is stripped! It is a 16mm bolt. There are 2 of them on the caliper guide. Whoever put them on before me is an idiot and must have used an impact gun. What should i do to get it out!!
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Old 12-07-2012, 10:31 PM   #2
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Bump... Car needs brakes done! Need help figuring out how i can get that stripped bolt off
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Old 12-07-2012, 10:51 PM   #3
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If you have a dremel, use a carbon cutting disk and either cut a slot in the bolt head and use a large flathead screw driver to unscrew it. Or, "shave" the sides flat so you can use a smaller 15 or 14mm socket on it.

Obviously, buy some new bolts once you get the old ones off.

Good luck.

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Old 12-08-2012, 02:17 AM   #4
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^that, or the opposite, weld the head of another bolt on the stripped one, it's fairly easy given its location if you have the tools
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Old 12-08-2012, 11:01 AM   #5
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I think i may weld on another bolt head on that seems like a good idea. Sucks because i was hoping to do all the brakes in one day
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Old 12-10-2012, 05:10 PM   #6
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Fixed. Bought a 16mm extractor socket
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Old 12-11-2012, 08:27 AM   #7
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These work pretty good once bolt hex head is stripped. Saved me few times

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Old 12-11-2012, 09:48 PM   #8
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Thats what i used
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Old 12-14-2012, 03:51 PM   #9
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Glad to hear it worked out! Stripped bolts are devasting in the middle of car work.
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Old 12-21-2012, 07:16 AM   #10
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It was such a pain in the ass lol. But i recommend the mastercraft extractor sockets they really work well and grip even the most stripped bolt
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