November 7, 2008Ok so here''s the deal.I decided to put the bronco in the garage and do some mods over the winter.Well when I got it in the garage I noticed it was leaking anti-freeze.So I looked and sure enough the water was coming from the pump.DAMN DAMN AND DOUBLE DAMN.So anyways I started taking it off today.Got the radiator,fan shroud,fan and pulley off.Started taking the bolts out and got to the last one and it was real tight.So I put some muscle into it---and the side of the socket split like a damn melon.When it did I fell forward into the engine bay and cracked my head and jammed the hood latch into my rib cage.That sh&t hurt.Well i figured no problem I had an extra socket.Got it and started to try and take the bolt out and lo and behold when the other socket split it stripped the head.So now I have a bolt stuck in my water pump with a stripped head.I can''t get to it with a crescent *or* vise grips.There was barely enough room for the socket.Any suggestions on how to get that damn thing out?
November 7, 2008my best suggestion aside from drilling it out would be to spray the ever lovin daylights out of it with some PB Blaster...let it set for a while, then try to next size smaller socket and pound it on over the bolt......instead of trying to crank the hell out of it....tap the end of your ratchet with a small hammer....with the penetrating oil and the vibration with the hammer...it may crack loose.....other than that....get the drill out and them ya would need to tap and rethread the hole
November 7, 2008Yeah you could try an ez out, but once it got tight from the sounds of it a drill wouldnt work. Might find something that would fit on the end like a wrench and yard on it. The last thing would be to drill it out, but thats risky with getting th housing threads too. Then youd have to retap and have one bolt bigger than the rest. Use a big easy out if you can, ive broke easy outs with already broken bolt heads and that REALLY sucks!
November 11, 2008sorry dude it is a FORD. unfortunatley they all do that. Drill,vise grips, a couple of choice words, maybee even a prayer. (steele bolt is fused tot he aluminum timing chain cover housing.)when you put them back in use antiseaze on the shafts it will help. Becarefull you can damage the cover. they run $120.00.
Some come to gaze and wonder, i came to interact with thunder! Live a little life is to short.
November 13, 2008Stop using 12-point sockets in areas that require a lot of strength to remove. Pound the next smaller size 6-point socket onto the bolt. Might even mean going from standard to metric. Ensure it''s been well soaked with PB Blaster for days prior to extraction.
If you decide to use an EZ out, wear safety glasses. My dad lost an eye due to an EZ out shattering.
November 18, 2008i hate 12 point sockets... howd it end up?
November 18, 2008Been looking for a job---haven''t even had a chance to work on the truck lately so no progress.