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    Stuck Nut Connecting Downpipe to Turbo

    I had the long block replaced under warranty. When I tried to take the stock downpipe off, the nut appears to be completely cross threaded and now won't move in either direction. Does anyone have a suggestion for how to get this off? This is the one I am talking about:

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    You might have to use a "nut cracker" to break the nut without damaging the stud. Check these out:
    Nut Splitter Tools — 2-Pc. Set | Nut Splitters| Northern Tool + Equipment

    After the nut is broken free, you'll probably have to replace the stud, but that will be much easier to do if you use the tool above and don't just grind the bolt off.
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    Get a nut splitter, two spare nuts and two spare studs just in case. Also have new gaskets on hand depending on what you're doing and how old they are.
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    Thanks guys. I will look into getting one of those nut splitter. My friend also has a stud removal kit and we will also give that a shot.


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    So your nuts are stuck? You might just have to bust a nut.

    Wait...we still talking about cars here?
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    It doesnt look like you used any PB Blaster. Try using some PB Blaster and let it soak for a day. Then heat the nut and try again. From the picture you posted it does not look cross threaded. Use a 6 point wrench or socket.
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    ^^^Good idea as well...I actually have had better results with CNC Freeze-Off, but same idea. Heat is your friend as well. Simple blow torch would be enough to heat it.
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    Are you using a breaker bar? Only way to get factory gorilla torqued bolts loose.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rage-wrx View Post
    Are you using a breaker bar? Only way to get factory gorilla torqued bolts loose.
    I beg to differ...tiny quarter inch drive ratchet was the only thing that got my last bolt loose.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikie13 View Post
    I beg to differ...tiny quarter inch drive ratchet was the only thing that got my last bolt loose.
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    I took no prisoners on my OEM downpipe removal. Use a 22" breaker bar and one pull broke them free. Getting the angle was the hardest part. And yes, I did let them soak in some PB Blaster for 5 minute prior. Overkill? Maybe, but came off without any drama.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Delnari View Post
    I took no prisoners on my OEM downpipe removal. Use a 22" breaker bar and one pull broke them free. Getting the angle was the hardest part. And yes, I did let them soak in some PB Blaster for 5 minute prior. Overkill? Maybe, but came off without any drama.
    Yeah, PB Blaster and an 18" breaker bar were good enough for me too. If you're using a breaker bar, 6 point sockets are mandatory.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rambo View Post
    Yeah, PB Blaster and an 18" breaker bar were good enough for me too. If you're using a breaker bar, 6 point sockets are mandatory.
    Completely agree here, otherwise you'll be rounding bolts and effing yourself over.
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    Ended up getting getting it off. The stud sheared off and then I used a stud extractor and replaced it. Then, one of the other ones got stuck and I cut the nut off and replaced the bolt and nut. I will invest in a nut splitter in case this kind of thing happens again.


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