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    your most creative ideas to get loosen up a nut?

    Tried replacing my RF tie rod today. After spending over an hour going at the jam nut, I decided to position my wrench sideways and use my scissor jack on it...and guess what, it applied more than enough torque to loosen it :P

    What strange methods have you guys used for those nuts/bolts that just won't budge?
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    #2
    Get a bigger hammer. I will piggy back wrenchs, or ratchets with another wrench. It doubles your TQ area. Works well if you have the space for it.

    Working on exhaust, I put a wrench on the nut, and then a vice grip on the nut end, and start kicking it with my foot. Never has failed me yet.
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      #3
      Crank bolts are my favorite, ratchet or breaker bar with a pipe against someting and bump the starter.
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        #4
        Done that one befor, did that also when trying to install a belt on a pulley that was a nightmare to get to.
        Brian - Carpe Diem

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        More people have died in the name of "God" than in all wars combined thruout history
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          #5
          I have positioned a wrench handle on a concrete block and lowered the car slowly to provide LOTS of tq! Has worked several times, but I can't remember what for! LOL! Brakes I think?

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            #6
            I have a four foot square tube from some sort of bumper jack that comes in handy when you need to bust a nut.

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              #7
              Last time I did a tie rod, I used a pipe wrench. I know somebody mentioned a concrete block and lowering the car. In my case the nut turned the other way so I used a floor jack to get it started.

              Other than that, tons of PB Blast.
              Tim
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                #8
                Originally posted by Electra_T_Type View Post
                I have a four foot square tube from some sort of bumper jack that comes in handy when you need to bust a nut.
                LMFAO sorry had to go there

                i have recently found my new favorite method, slipping the socket wrench through the bottom of an adjustable wrench, tons of torque
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                  #9
                  i have a heavy duty breaker and like T type said 4 feet and a few otehr sizes ot tube. tyhe inpacted wrench on a larger floor mounted compresser. used to to use the rose tip on the welders at school for school things.

                  oh there was the 3.5x 3.5 (moded 4x4) to fit a the bore of a 54 I-6 that had been left out side for 30 years. with rust seized pistions. and the 10 pount sledge. i beat that thing with a the crank out lol. i also used half a gallon is seem penatraing oil and the welder.

                  i have picts some ware if this but i rounded a bolt so a welded a nut with a bolt in it and the thread welded to the head of that bolt snaped the bolts i welded and then used a massive pipe wrench on the large welded mass.................

                  Originally posted by LordDurock
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                    #10
                    Use an impact air gun at about 120 psi. Much easier than the above methods!
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                      #11
                      Originally posted by mickstan_VR View Post
                      Use an impact air gun at about 120 psi. Much easier than the above methods!
                      Easy mode. (I like the four foot tube method myself.)

                      Hard mode: 1/4" nut driver.
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                        #12
                        lol!
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                          #13
                          the 120 psi works great but my compresser is 60+ feet from the shop. (i have a sperate building ofr working on cars) and my large moded R12 tank (used as line buffer) i wouldnt put past 100 psi.............after the buffer drop i only get 90ish psi
                          3/8th buferfully inpacts are greast as well

                          Originally posted by LordDurock
                          most great ideas will lose the original luster and wonder of their profound expression, when subject to the masses, for all ideas are building blocks on the greater truth, not the whole truth
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