I AM TRYING TO REPLACE MY FRONT PASSENGER ...

  • Tiny
  • missy88
  • 2003 Chevrolet Impala
  • 150,000 miles

I am trying to replace my front passenger wheelbearing. In doing so, I stripped the last bolt. Any tips on this?

Sunday, March 3rd, 2013 AT 3:03 AM

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  • missy88
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The bolt is stripped, bought a stripped bolt kit. And that's not working either. Any ideas? ( Its rounded off)

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Sunday, March 3rd, 2013 AT 3:35 AM
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  • caradiodoc
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If you have a wire-feed welder and an acetylene torch, heat the bolt head for about a minute, then pass the torch off to helper and quickly hold a nut on the bolt head with a pliers, then weld through the hole in the nut onto the bolt head. You need to heat the bolt so the weld will penetrate. As the weld builds up, let it fill in the hole until it starts to melt into the nut. Once it cools you'll have a new hex to put the socket on. If the nut breaks off, try it again with another nut. I've had to resort to as many as six tries to get one to work.

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Sunday, March 3rd, 2013 AT 1:10 PM
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  • missy88
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Thanks, we will sure try it! Tried everything else so far

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Sunday, March 3rd, 2013 AT 11:42 PM

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