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Where socket goes on the bolt is stripped. need to remove?

My thermostat housing is cracked on my 1996 police interceptor, I did not realize this until i installed the new o ring gasket with the thermostat. when I removed and re-installed the gasket three times wondering why the housing was still leaking, AND after over tourqing the bolt and stipping the head where the socket goes i discovered a small crack where the housing mounts to the block. Can anyone help with ideas how to remove the bolt, the threads are fine. the size is 10 mm, go figure...

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You can try this if you're brave enough.........find a socket smaller then the one you used originally to strip the head....using a hammer...pound the new socket down on the bolt head.....or you can go to yoru favorite parts store, and buy a set of EZ OUTS, or EZ OFFS....they do about the smae thing but you won't destroy the socket taking hte bolt out.

Hope this helps you

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