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2000 ford explorer 4.0 top starter bolt frozen in bell housing,cannot move,bottom one came out by hand,top one broke loose turned 1/8 turn and now cannot move,tried some heat with a propane torch no help.afraid to strip head.

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This is going to be a tough one and I am glad to see that you tried some heat on that bolt. My favorite rust eater is PBlaster, comes in a spray can and is excellent. Try soaking the bolt 2-3 times with the spray letting it soak in really good. Then (and be very careful here), hit the bolt with more heat from that propane torch, then with the metal hot give it another spray of PBlaster. I would try turning the bolt tighter to start with then try and loosen it. You might need to work the bolt back and forth in the threads a little at a time to allow them to break loose. If you are using a socket on this bolt, try to use one with 6-points instead of the normal 12, this will give you a bit more contact area on the side of the bolt and might help minimize the chance of ruining the bolt head.

This is just going to take some time and patience. Keep spraying and using heat - both will eventually help work the bolt loose. Good luck!

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I would try spraying some WD-40 on the bolt, and try to tighten it, loosen it, tighten and loosen it, don't spare the WD-40. Ford Trucks and some Ford Cars seem to have this problem alot.

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