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Old 03-07-2015, 05:40 PM   #36
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I like the sounds of that screw extractor socket. Glad I asked about it because that sounds like a really useful tool just based on the mental image I have in my head of how it probably works.
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Old 03-07-2015, 07:23 PM   #38
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Here's the bolts (studs) that I broke just this afternoon!

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Here's the bolts (studs) that I broke just this afternoon!

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So did you break 3 more trying to remove the valve cover? Or did you break 4 originally?


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Haven't heard from OP in a few days. Hopefully he has already fixed the problem but my curiosity is killing me.
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Old 03-07-2015, 07:47 PM   #41
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Old 03-07-2015, 08:13 PM   #42
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So did you break 3 more trying to remove the valve cover? Or did you break 4 originally?


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Those broken bolts are off of a 25 year old catalytic converter that has never been removed from the truck.

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First, i tried to drill a tiny pilot hole but the lighting was bad and i couldnt really see where i was drilling. So i was smart enough to put the drill away before causing any damage. I did get the bolt out by just taking the valve cover off and there was enough of the bolt to grab with pliers and removed it safely. Easy... I think i
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I think i was putting a little to much thought into the task at hand. Was a little intimidated to open up and see the guts of my motor. Thanks for all the help.
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I think i was putting a little to much thought into the task at hand. Was a little intimidated to open up and see the guts of my motor. Thanks for all the help.

When you had the valve cover off, was your valve train clean or was it gunked up with sludge?


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To tell you the truth i didnt even take it completely off. I just removed all the bolts and moved it to the side so i could get to the broken bolt. Maybe i should remove the valve covers and check for sludge? Im gonna assume there is going to be sludge. So what do i do next, to clean it up?
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To tell you the truth i didnt even take it completely off. I just removed all the bolts and moved it to the side so i could get to the broken bolt. Maybe i should remove the valve covers and check for sludge? Im gonna assume there is going to be sludge. So what do i do next, to clean it up?

I was just curious. A sludged up motor is indicative of a car where the oil wasn't changed regularly. Tells you how well the previous owners took care of the car. If the oil is changed regularly, there should be no sludge.


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If the car is running good just keep it maintained. Sometimes good intentions can lead to expensive problems


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