How to Remove Locktight Bolts

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Bolts that have been installed using locktight can be difficult to remove. locktight, usually spelled "loc-tite" or "lock-tite," is a compound that is put onto the threads of a bolt to help prevent it from working loose once the bolt has been fully torqued. However, there may come a time when you want to remove the bolt. The locktight doesn't cold-weld or "fuse" the threads on the bolt to the component that the bolt is threaded to, so removing the bolts without damage is possible.

Things You'll Need

  • Socket wrench
  • Socket set
  • Break-over bar
  • Fit the correct socket onto the bolt you want to remove.

  • Attach the socket wrench to the back of the socket.

  • Slide a break-over bar over the handle of the socket wrench and turn the wrench and bolt counterclockwise. The break-over bar is a long, hollow bar that slides over the end of the the socket wrench. It provides the leverage necessary to remove many bolts that have been secured with locktight.

References

  • Automotive Tools Manual: Guide to Buying and Using Automotive Tools; Thomson Delmar Learning; 1999
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