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My 99 cavalier is leaking from the top of my fuel tank... one of the bolt that holds the strap is striped... how do i remove the bolt with out making a spark... what would leak on the top of the fuel tank

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Most likely the leak is the tank its self, dirt sets on top of the tank holding moister on the top of the tank causing little rust pin holes. did you strip the bolt head or the threads? if just the bolt head they make a strip out socket you can get them from your local snap-on tool truck or some sears stores keep them and all can order them, but if you striped the threads you will have to cut the bolt head off and i suggest you have a pro do it for obvious reasons.

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