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sob
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USA
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Posted - 02/01/2013 :  06:25:11 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Perhaps this has been shared before, but is anyone using wax to break loose rusted nuts or bolts ?

You know how you have a stubborn bolt so use penetrating oil and then heat. Well next time after you heat the bolt instead of using oil, use wax. I've used candle wax, bees wax, doesn't seem to make much difference.

I admit when I was first told about this I thought "yea right" but have been using it for about four months and so far it's only let me down once. But then again, there are always those bolts or nuts that are just seized that tight.

Used this method today on turbo mounting nuts. Thats what prompted this post.

Fastback
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Posted - 02/01/2013 :  08:59:12 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks, will have to try that some day.

Speaking of rusty nuts, on rusted 7/16 wrench size nuts, such as hydraulic brake lines, I use an 11 mm wrench as they are a shade smaller and less likely to round off the nut.

Why yes, the ORIGinal CHARGER is a Fastback
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bwest
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United States
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Posted - 02/01/2013 :  1:46:22 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks for the tip. I'll try to use that some day. Have a great weekend!

Bryan
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IBTMech
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USA
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Posted - 02/01/2013 :  6:32:42 PM  Show Profile  Visit IBTMech's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I keep a chunk of beeswax in my toolbox. Helps on turbo and manifold nuts, especially where you can't just bring in that 6000 degree fire wrench. Being a beekeeper ensures a steady supply.

If it doesn't fit, FORCE it.
If it breaks, well, it needed replacing anyway.
Pullin' wrenches for 45 years.

Edited by - IBTMech on 02/01/2013 6:34:41 PM
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sob
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USA
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Posted - 02/04/2013 :  07:03:47 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I like using a mini-ductor when possible. I've burn up way to much stuff with a torch (flaming hacksaw).
The beauty of using wax is, I don't seem to have to get the nut/bolt as hot as I would with a torch, to make it work. Might just be my imagination.
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