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I can't get my dang back plate off of my car. I got one of the bolts off in 2 seconds, but I can't get the other one to even budge. I need to get that plate off ASAP. Any suggestions? I already sprayed WD40 on it. That didn't help....<img src=/images/forums/snitz/cry.gif width=16 height=16 border=0>

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Use one of those pressure screwdrivers... Where you use a small hammer on the end of it and the force is transfered to an unscrewing action... Sorry, only know what its called in spanish.


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<img src=/images/forums/snitz/uhh.gif width=15 height=15 border=0> I don't think I have one of those... I don't know where I could find one... Any other ideas? Thanks for the suggestion Decrum. <img src=/images/forums/snitz/wink.gif width=15 height=15 border=0>


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When you do get it off, go to Pep Boys and purchase license plate bolt caps. They keep the screw from rusting. I got them and work good! <img src=/images/forums/snitz/thumbup.gif width=25 height=18 border=0>


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Cold chisel
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Jackhammer

Seriously though, WD40 or something similar and let it soak overnight.


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If you can find the stuff get some PB blaster, it is some strong stuff, alot stronger than WD 40 <img src=/images/forums/snitz/thumbup.gif width=25 height=18 border=0>
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If its hex head and you can get a small rachet on it or nut driver and vise grips on it. Tap the neck of the rachet about 1/4 of the way in from the head gently to medium hard as you slowly tork.


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If you have access to a tap welder, just torch the end of the bolt real lightly. Don't let it heat up for a long period of time. Just let it get warm, and then wait for it to cool. What will happen, is that the bolt will expand just a tiny bit, and then when it cools, it will go back to normal, leaving room for it to turn easier. You could always try a lighter too! *ha ha* <img src=/images/forums/snitz/laugh.gif width=15 height=31 border=0>


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For the torch idea that 2klosho gave, that might be risky. Remember that the bumper is cheap plastic, you might melt it a bit making the paint come off or disfiguring it. Bring it to the dealer and make him do it, if worse comes to worse.


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That's why said use a small tap welder. It won't cause a large enough flame where it will melt the surrounding plastic. Plus if she onlt lightly heats the bolt up, it won't cause damage to the surrounding area. You don't want the bolt to get REAL hot because then you take a chance of it getting weak and snapping when you try to unscrew it. By only heating it lightly, it will still expand but just enough where when it cools, you'll have enough play in the bolt for it to turn easier. <img src=/images/forums/snitz/wink.gif width=15 height=15 border=0>


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it's called penetrating fluid. It seeps in the space between threads and bolt. spray it on, tap the thing, let it set. try it, if it isn't loose, repeat.


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Use one of those pressure screwdrivers... Where you use a small hammer on the end of it and the force is transfered to an unscrewing action... Sorry, only know what its called in spanish.

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I wouldn't recommend using this... You run the risk of deforming the body work behind the license plate.

I think your best bet would be to us the PB blaster and soak the sh!t out of it.

If that doesn't work, borrow a Dremel tool and grind the bolt away.


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The item you were refering to is called an impact driver or impact screwdriver. They run about $15 from www.jcwhitney.com

However, I agree, you would not do that on a soft body part.

My usual trick of heating the area around it with a blow torch then holding an ice cube to the bolt, and it usually comes out very easy. However, this is not an option on body parts.

Just use a LONG rachet handle or use a ratchet handle and a length of pipe.


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Thanks for all of your help guys. <img src=/images/forums/snitz/wink.gif width=15 height=15 border=0>


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Go to the gym, life some weights and it'll come of with one twist. <img src=/images/forums/snitz/laugh.gif width=15 height=31 border=0>


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