[Vwdiesel] Alternate use for spline tool set.

Libbybapa@wmconnect.com Libbybapa at wmconnect.com
Sat Aug 27 11:47:58 EDT 2005

Yesterday I worked on removing the clutch from my recently purchased '85 
Westy vanagon (gas waterboxer).  I figured while in there I should change the 
flywheel oil seal, and the pilot bearing.  The Flywheel is held on by five 12mm 
allen head bolts.  The torque spec is 81 ft. lbs with locktite.  That's a lot to 
expect of a 12mm allen.  Trying to loosen them (lack of impact) I used a 12mm 
allen socket with breaker bar and cheater pipe.  Allen was fully seated and 
pressure was applied without rocking the allen in the bolt head.  Despite a 
decent degree of aptitude one allen head did start to round out.  The other four 
loosened properly.  When the one started to round, I quickly grabbed my spline 
set and hammered the 12 pt 12mm spline into the allen head.  It took the bolt 
out easy as pie.  I have used the same method for rounded intake manifold 
bolts on the diesels (just not the 12mm on those).  Cheers.


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