May 27, 2004I was going to change my thermo today. Drove the car this morning, then gave it about 1.5 hours to cool off before i started the job. Drained the radiator, disconnected the hose. Then for the friggin life of me i could not get the 2 bolts to even budge out of the housing. I have no clue what the problem is. Only thing i could think of is maybe i didnt let the engine cool long enough, and the metal had expanded due to the heat making it very difficult to get the bolts off..... does that sound like a possibility, or did i do something wrong or what???
May 27, 2004you just need to hit the weights man...thats all...
May 27, 2004
Make sure U are going the right way, lefty losey.
Prob is aluminum intake, steel bolt.
Should have small dap of anti-seize.
Good luck !
May 27, 2004well i didnt give it all i had out of fear of snaping the bolt, or rounding it or something. But i was putting alot of pressure on it, and the thing would not budge.... maybe i will try it sun or mon morning when the car is totally cool.
May 27, 2004I always give it all I got when they are like that...I have yet to have one break on me...guess I have been kinda lucky on that
May 27, 2004Hehe.. take a small rubber mallet.. ok and you can go from there
May 27, 2004Brad I use to have that same mentality until I broke a bolt that holds the seat down. I twisted the hardened bolt right off.
May 27, 2004Broke more bolts than I can count. So you have to kind of know the general limit of when a bolt isn't going to give without breaking. Maybe a bit of liquid wrench or the like. Let it soak a bit then give her another try.
May 27, 2004I like the "soak it in liquid wrench idea"
By the way, when metal gets hot, does it expand or contract? I thought it gets softer but contracts when heated ?
May 27, 2004i thought it expands... whatever, regaurdless i still couldnt get the friggin thing off. You think wd40 would work as well as liquid wrench?
May 27, 2004Probably need to set a little longer and might take a bit more, but is what we (buckeyestangs) have used durign mod parties.