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Old 03-09-2005, 03:50 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default How to Remove Thread Lock?

I tried doing a search but all I came up with was people talking about locking threads lol Then I searched google and it said you use heat to remove thread lock. I've heard this in the past but it has never helped me before. I usually use WD-40 which works most of the time after several coatings and time spent waiting. I'm trying to remove my subframe on an 02 to put in a new wiring harness and I can't get the bolts off the subframe. Also trying to get other random screws loose like the ones on my scotts dampner, none will budge and I'm scared to break/strip them.

I'm heading to Auto Discount right now to see if they have anything and also to get another torx (sp) that has a handle rather than bit set I have. Hopefully i can step on one end.. that worked for me once.

ANY advice appreciated as always. Need this wiring harness in ASAP so the bike can have lights and be street legal!
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I would try heat, but after putting on all that wd-40 I might start a camp fire in my living room.
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Old 03-09-2005, 05:12 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Like said heat is probably the answer. Take a soldering iron and put it on the bolt head and let it heat up.
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Is there an alternative to the soldering iron? Will a lighter work? I have very few tools. I've gotten 3 of the 4 subframe bolts off so far thanks to levrage and maybe some of that wd-40.



At this point I'm seriously considering just splicing the wires of tail light considering thats the only part of the wiring harness thats bad. Well also the turn signals. But they may end up being easier considering theres so much thread lock on this bike and I have minimal tools.

thanks for the help guys
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I would think a lighter would work. Just be careful of anything flammable around the bolt.
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a hair dryer MIGHT work. A heat gun (like an industrial hair dryer) would definitely work.

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if you use a lighter i might suggest one of those grill lighters. i would imagine a bic would get real warm on the fingers!
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A must have tool for motorcycles, ATV's even auto's is a impact driver. Great for frozen or tight stuff.

http://www.sjdiscounttools.com/lis29200.html
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thanks guys,.... I ended up getting everything off with this tool I found in my 03 factory tool kit. It just adds leverage, and I went and bought allen wrench versions of the torx and hex bits I was using. Made a world of difference, the screw driver method just wasn't cutting it.

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heat works best on red thread lock. when i was a hydraulic mechanic we would use heat to remove thread locked nuts. stinks like high hell but it works.
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