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Loosen rusted stuck bolts

If you are about to venture into the daunting task of breaking loose an old rusted bolt or one you know has Loctite applied to it, try this.

Before trying to loosen bolt in the normal direction it takes to get loose (some are reversed threads) try tightening it slightly. This will usually clean a "pathway" for the threads. Then, just turn it out as normal. You may want to turn it back and forth along the way to really clean out threads and increase your success for complete removal.

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I broke the rusted muffler off in an old push mower-it screws into the block-I don't have uch to grab to get it out-applied marvel mystery oil-how can I get it out without destroying the engine b

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I've had that happen with the exercise bikes that I have repaired My best suggestion is their any play after tightening the pedal if not remove the pedal an apply some blue loctite on the threads let it set up then put the pedal back. This should take care of it now if you want to get more radical then apply the red loctite, the only way to break the pedal loose is actually using a torch!!! good luck

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How to loosen screws to remove blades from Ozito OZPL400A planer

WD-40 is nice for some situations, but not this particular one. I suggest you use something like Liquid Wrench. Apply, tap the nuts on each side with a metal punch, and a very small hammer. Not hard! You're just trying to bust any rust loose, and give the liquid wrench a chance to ease down in there.
Just tap!

How are you holding the bolt head on the other side? If these nuts are so corroded that this method won't free them, you make want to see if a 1/4 inch air ratchet wrench is available. The wrench is shaped in a 90 degree angle, so it should fit down in there. Have any mechanic friends? The bolts may break. It may come to this. Be sure the bolt head is held secure, so that no damage will come to the planer. If they, or it, breaks, you can just replace them. Make sure they're Grade 5 or above, bolts and nuts.

I've had to use a small propane torch to heat the nuts. The rust breaks free. I hope it doesn't come to this.

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You may have to get some loctite brand paste in a tube for applying to the threads of the bolts that hold it on.
This will prevent the screws from loosening.
Another way would be to get some spring washers or star washers at your local hardware store such as menards.

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