Rounded head on strut lower pinch bolt

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Old 04-27-03, 01:46 PM
ignernt
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Rounded head on strut lower pinch bolt

Just as the title says. I'm removing my struts and the lower pinch bolt head is rounded off. This is the first I've removed it, so it must've been done the last time work was done on the struts. My first thought was to use a set of vice-grips, but it's in there really tight and they're just rounding the bolt of worse. What else can I do?
 
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Old 04-27-03, 01:50 PM
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Have an impact gun? Those things work wonders .
 
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Old 04-27-03, 02:01 PM
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Nope, no impact gun. What could it do on a rounded head? Do you think I could "borrow" one from Sears?
 
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Old 04-27-03, 02:12 PM
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I would get a stud remover, one that you drive down on the bolt head and then remove with a breaker bar.
 
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Old 04-27-03, 02:26 PM
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Where would I get one? Your typical advance/autozone?

Also I think I should say the reason why I'm replacing my struts is because I hit a huge pothole, which pretty much did that strut in. Could this impact have bent the bolt in question? I really can't tell.
 
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Old 04-27-03, 04:06 PM
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craftsman makes some nifty items
http://www.sears.com/sr/product/summ...id=00952162000

dunno if the local sears will have them on the shelf tho.
 
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Old 04-27-03, 04:37 PM
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Thanks... but doesn't it figure that the head on the bolt is 15mm? Do easy-outs work? I went and got some B'Laster and tried to get it off with vise-grips again. Didn't work of course! I've about had it with this.
 
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Old 04-28-03, 05:54 AM
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Might be a good time to invest in one . I used mine yesterday to do my friend's fuel pump on his 1991 Shadow and they were a lifesaver!
 
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