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I'm having problems with this nut from the thermostat.. any suggestions?

It is completely rounded and seized.
I've tried an extractor, vice grips, an exorcism and the power of positive thinking and nothing seems to budge it!
What else can I do?

 

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1. throw some heat at it with a torch... CAREFULLY.

2. hammer the next size down socket onto it (metric or standard, does NOT matter). i mean hammer that sucker on there really tight.

3. if you cant hammer one on there, use a dremel or another rotary tool and grind its sides down a little to re-shape it, and then hammer a socket onto it
 

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umm.... i dunno if that pen torch would have quite enough heat, but you could try it. you can buy inexpensive propane torches almost anywhere (home depot, probably harbor freight, ACE hardware, etc). you dont need any solder....

before you run out to the store, just try hammering the next size down socket onto the nut. find one that doesnt quite go on there, but ALMOST does. it might hafta be a standard one.
 

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man go to advance auto parts...if u have one in ur area....and buy that little kit that has sockets made especially for stripped bolt heads.... cost me 20 bucks.


these are special sockets that have teeth on them and u have to hammer it on to the bolt and they only have teeth going the way that u need to open the bolt.

it will get it...i used them on some rusted and reallllly mssed up bolts on a blown turbo charger...
 

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yeah thats very true...!

get those vise grips on reallllll good...put all ur might into it and u should get it....them vise grips get almost everything out.....they even work on reall tight inner tie rods...they HAVE to work on that little 10 mm bolt.
 

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you can got to sears get those strip bolt kit. use the socket on the kit that is about as small as that bolt hammer it on tight and wrench it of. worked for me tons of times.
 

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yea but with the dremel atlest makesure your going to cu it off completely otherwise it'll end up fusing the two peaces together.
 

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ok, Looks like I cant hammer a socket on to it or the extractor bit because there is not enough room.
I tried to heat and cool it with a propane torch but no good!

I guess I'll have to remove the engine to get to the bolt... and if I'm going to remove the engine I might as well just save up for a new one (engine) I guess I'm riding the bus for a couple of months..... Does anybody have any other ideas or am I going to have to garage my 2 till I can save up for another engine. (since I was planning to do a swap this summer anyway and what is the point of dropping the engine then 3 months later doing it again?)

Thanks for the advice and help everyone.
 
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