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What tool do I need to remove thermostat housing 2.2l chevy

I am having issues getting these 8mm bolts off. Tried a socket and wrench already. Added wd-40 several times. Am I using the wrong tool/size? I read that they are 8mm, am I missing something. I'm so afraid of stripping them and creating a bigger nightmare.

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  • Jon Shivers Oct 10, 2013

    Car is a 2000 chevrolet cavalier 2.2l. Regular engine. I am replacing the thermostat. Or trying to at least.

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Try 7/16 or 1/2 wrench or socket.

Posted on Oct 10, 2013

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  • Jon Shivers Oct 10, 2013

    7/16 is almost twice the size of the 8mm... 1/2 doesn't tell me anything.

  • Jon Shivers Oct 10, 2013

    unless you mean 7 1/2?

  • Dennis Key
    Dennis Key Oct 11, 2013

    Sorry, they are 8mm. A 8mm socket should work. You may break the bolts or stubs, not stripped it.

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