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Old 01-28-2005, 07:20 PM   #1
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Smile Removing frozen bolts from aluminum

Only works if part is off the motor, but I remove frozen studs, bolts and stuff like that from aluminum by throwing it in my nitric tank.
Eats the steel in a few hours and doesn't attack the aluminum.
So if you got an old aluminum part with a stuck bolt find your local plater, he'll get it out.
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Old 01-28-2005, 07:36 PM   #2
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Default Re: Removing frozen bolts from aluminum

Good information to know. Thanks for posting it.


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Old 01-28-2005, 08:17 PM   #3
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Default Re: Removing frozen bolts from aluminum

Yes, cool tip! Check yer PMs in a bit. I have a question.
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Old 01-28-2005, 08:23 PM   #4
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Default Re: Removing frozen bolts from aluminum

I've had good luck with a little heat, either from a heat gun or small torch. I got all the plugs out of a set of aluminum heads that had been sitting off the car for 30+ years by soaking them with some penetrant for a couple hours and using a heat gun on them.
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Old 01-29-2005, 10:02 AM   #5
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Smile Re: Removing frozen bolts from aluminum

I've also seen a cool trick where the part ( a sump plug) was warmed with a torch and then wax from a crayon put on it, as it cooled I guess the wax must have got into the thread, or something, but the plug came out easy.
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Old 01-29-2005, 12:26 PM   #6
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I've also seen a cool trick where the part ( a sump plug) was warmed with a torch and then wax from a crayon put on it, as it cooled I guess the wax must have got into the thread, or something, but the plug came out easy.
bacon grease with a little heat works too.
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Old 01-29-2005, 12:59 PM   #7
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Cool Re: Removing frozen bolts from aluminum

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bacon grease with a little heat works too.
earwax is better!


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Old 01-29-2005, 04:12 PM   #8
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Default Re: Removing frozen bolts from aluminum

Wax works killer for getting stuck stuff unstuck. I didn't believe it untill I tried it. Now I'm one of the converted
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