CV boot replacement: stripped inner cv joint bolts
mik at backus.info.fundp.ac.be
Mon Oct 28 07:08:50 EST 2002
Something that has worked for me in more than one case where the triple
square head was rounded because of some monkey lad reusing a semi-stripped
bold, is to take the next size bit (say 8mm if your bolt is a 6) and hammer
it on the bolt. You'll be able to have your bolt out without needing to
drill nor anything. This even worked for me with the original shocks on my
car, they had already been removed once or twice and the hole for the Allen
key was semi-stripped even before starting to remove them, so after
rounding the hole, I took a drill, enlarged the hole and hammered on a
12-point cylinder head bolt bit. Removal had never been easier because of
the extra grip the 12 points provided instead of the original 6. What works
as well in the case of the inner CVs, is to cut the bolt's head with a
sawzall, pull the CV joint out and then remove the bolts with some good of
vise grip pliers.
At 22:32 27/10/2002 -0700, Ed Kellock wrote:
>Hi, my name is Ed and I'm a Monkey Lad.
>I was indeed using the wrong tool. These bolts have 12 points not six
>which means they are not Torx bolts, but I was using Torx bits on them.
>I just didn't even look or notice. Stupid, stupid. I did get 3 of them
>loose. But the other 3 are somewhat stripped. My only hope now is that
>there will be enough left that the proper tool will still be able to
>Thanks to Mike and Gary Andersone for pointing this out to me.
>Triple square is it? I'll be tool shopping tomorrow.
>On Sun, 27 Oct 2002 23:26:04 -0500 "Michael Sylvester"
><mike.sylvester at worldnet.att.net> writes:
> > Those are not torx bolts, they are what is called a triple square.
> > I assume that you are using the correct tool and are just confused
> > on the
> > name.
> > If you are actually using a torx, then that may be the problem.
> > If it is truly stripped, then you'll need to be creative.
> > Find something that that is close to fitting into the hole and
> > hammer it in,
> > e.g. a large torx bit that is too big.
> > Mike Sylvester
> > ----- Original Message -----
> > From: "Ed Kellock" <ekellock at juno.com>
> > To: <quattro at audifans.com>; <v8 at audifans.com>;
> > <200q20v at audifans.com>
> > Sent: Sunday, October 27, 2002 10:16 PM
> > Subject: CV boot replacement: stripped inner cv joint bolts
> > > Set out to replace the driver's side outer CV boot on my 89 200q
> > today...
> > >
> > > Three of the six Torx head bolts that attach the inner CV joint to
> > the
> > > transimission are stripped. The Torx heads are stripped. Seems
> > the axle
> > > has been removed in the past and new bolts were not used and the
> > Torx was
> > > already compromised. Joy.
> > >
> > > Aside from any ugly approach like saws, drills, or vise grips,
> > does
> > > anyone have any clever ideas?
> > >
> > > Ed
> > > Colorado Springs
> > >
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