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Can't loosen the screw holding on rear fender

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  1. oldroadrunner

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    I am trying hard to loosen the allen head (5mm) that holds on the fender.
    It seems ungodly tight.
    My next move will be to go buy some sockets for my electric impact wrench.
    But, before I bring out that sledge hammer, I wonder if there is something I am missing about this task?

    So far... several sprits of wd-40, during an hour.

    So far... I used the water pipe on the end of the allen wrench and there is enough force to put a bow in the wrench (which I could not do by hand) and at that point I said to myself... wtf... might as well ask the forum.

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    Goodness!

    I would try an impact.
     
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    Well, I wondered if others had an issue with it.
    I kinda had a plan B.
    And yet, as goofy as things sometimes are, I thought that there might be the slightest chance for advice something like 'grind off a spot weld, or, hey dummy, you do not need to take those off!

    lou87, I DO have a similar Impact.

    Nevertheless... I ordered a $15 set of allen head sockets ... size 2-14mm... on amazon.
    They will be here May 6 they say.

    Not only do I have the impact that you hit with a hammer, but also this one from Harbor freight which I got a few years ago. $60 regular price... but they OFTEN run a coupon $39.

    This thing spins off the drive sprocket nuts, axel bolts, brake disc, stuff like that. It has been a lifesaver. It is big, bulky, needs a cord, does not fit in tight spaces, and still when you need to take the pullies off a car or bike it is a great investment.

    I use a wrench to re-assemble, there is no control for ft lbs.

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    I have Porter Cable power tool. For Christmas one year my brother bought me the impact. I had the impact driver but not the real impact. I LOVE that thing!!! He bought me two sets of sockets too. Good gift.

    My wife called one day with a flat so I drove to her to fix. Before leaving the house I thought, "take your impact." I felt like a Nascar pit crew.

    Only once did it not have the juice to break a bolt loose, an big old rusted on bolt on my Jeep's bumper. But my breaker bar and my muscle got it loose. Other than that it has been a lifesaver.
     
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    Whack the head of tight bolts with a hammer ...that helps.
    I use Eucalyptus oil on tight threads and to free up time seized old engines, works a treat.
    Or if ya can't get Eucalyptus oil mix half and half Auto trand fluid and Acetone...don't get it on paint.
    Good Luck
    Don't round out the Allen bolt whatever you do.
    Patience grasshopper
     
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    Been there, drilled that. :doh:
     
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    Me?.... Hammer?....Shiny Fender? hahahahahahaha

    But.... if plan B - impact wrench and blaster - does not work, I will patiently use my %^&%$# hammer on it! hahaha
     
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    Is that a 5mm or a 6mm Allen bolt? Either way, a strong impact could easily strip it out. Perhaps a hammer screw gun would be better than an impact on that small of an Allen bolt. That pipe on a single Allen wrench has a lot of torque. Just for grins, verify there’s not a nut on the inside. Let it sit overnight after a few coats with a good penetrating oil as that should help as well. Once it’s out, use anti-seize on its replacement.
     
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    Or just leave the fender on..
    Why are you trying to remove it?
     
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    Can you get heat on the inside where the nut is. Propane torch?? Try two ball peens, one big, one small. Put the small round head on the bolt head and hit it with the other. Couple good solid whack. Sometimes that helps loosen them up.
     
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    Clean the bolt threads from behind the fender, pb blaster it & use lil heat and if you can put a wrench on the nut from the inside? Is usually easier to remove the nut than to unscrew the bolt when it lives in dirty places ( shorter distance )
     
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