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Old 02-11-2011, 05:56 PM   #1
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Why does the PO always strip the head of at least one seat mounting bolt? I'm very tired of trying to pull the seats out of a Miata and finding that I have to weld another bolt to the top of one to get it out.

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Visit a Snap On dealer.
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THAT'S ******* GENIOUS!!!
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Visit a Snap On dealer.
He's going to take the bolt out for me?
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Use leverage to your advantage -- instead of trying to turn the bolt, hold the bolt stationary and turn the car in the opposite direction.
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use leverage to your advantage -- instead of trying to turn the bolt, hold the bolt stationary and turn the car in the opposite direction.
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planet's already turning. just park on the south pole and holt the bolt.
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Chuck Norris's car doesn't move. It turns the world underneath it.
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Why didn't you just get a set of stripped bolt removers? I once removed a completely round 120ft-lbs 14mm bolt with no problems with one. I recommend everyone picks up a set, you won't regret it.
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Why didn't you just get a set of stripped bolt removers? I once removed a completely round 120ft-lbs 14mm bolt with no problems with one. I recommend everyone picks up a set, you won't regret it.
I've got 50 sets of bolt/screw removers. They suck! All a bolt remover does it make a perfectly round bolt head and lots of little metal shavings. All nut removers do it make a nice round hole in the middle of a nut.
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Step A: If it's a screw head bolt, drill a small hole in the center of it with a drill bit

Step 2: Insert bolt/nut remover

Finally: Give it 3 sharp blows with a hammer

Step E: Remove

Works for me every time.
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All nut removers do it make a nice round hole in the middle of a nut.
You mean all it does is create an undrilltanium round hole in the middle of a nut. They're very risky to use.
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You mean all it does is create an undrilltanium round hole in the middle of a nut. They're very risky to use.
Did you ever drill through the center of a broken bolt and then break a screw extractor off inside of it trying to turn it out? That's an easy way to turn your day to ****.
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Matco,Snap on and I am sure a million other places have short bolt/screw removers. Use Foogers instructions with there little ones because you provide leverage via a 1/2 socket(impact socket if smart) and whatever length driver you want. I remove fasteners of various sizes with these and have no issues..
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next time PM faeflora.
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i would have just grabed the locking pliers and squezed the head flat and then turned it out. still i like your idea to.
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Matco,Snap on and I am sure a million other places have short bolt/screw removers. Use Foogers instructions with there little ones because you provide leverage via a 1/2 socket(impact socket if smart) and whatever length driver you want. I remove fasteners of various sizes with these and have no issues..
I stopped using bolt/screw removers years ago and have plenty of half broken sets I've created over the years. They don't work when you really need them to, especially when you need to remove a stripped out tranny drain plug with one of those 1/2" female square holes. What snap on tool works better than welding a bolt on them:

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I guess everyone has methods that work for them. I have places where you cant weld such as internal fuel systems. I havent had one of these break yet.. I doubt there is anything on a miata that comes close to the torque I use at work.

You using these or those cheap pencil ones.. These are more rugged than the cheap ones..

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I stopped using bolt/screw removers years ago and have plenty of half broken sets I've created over the years. They don't work when you really need them to, especially when you need to remove a stripped out tranny drain plug with one of those 1/2" female square holes. What snap on tool works better than welding a bolt on them:

I like how you welded on the washer too
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