how to remove 8 1/4 diferential cross shaft bolt

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    ZieglerSpeed Well-Known Member

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    is the bolt locktited? Will a propane torch on the head of the bolt do the trick? Do I need acetylene torch to the head of the bolt? (bolt is 7/16 wrench size). Thanks for any tips, -Tim Z
     
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    Excuse me, bolt is 5/16 wrench size
     
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    I never needed to heat one. Is it not budging? If you heat you don`t need a lot.
     
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    They are right little suckers, sometimes. I have been known to snack the wrench with a rubber mallet to break stubborn ones loose
     
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    I'm using a 6 point box end and it "stripped" one notch already
     
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    the wrench will still grab but heat is my hope
     
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    I Blue loc-tite them every time, cuz I don't ant to warranty the messs when they come out. Blue is low-temp.
    I use a nearly new Snap-On socket that I keep in my toolbox just for this job.
     
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    The thread locker would need only a small amount of heat to melt and release. Just heat the head of the bolt, a propane torch would be enough heat. I use that method all the time at work on things like brake caliper bracket bolt that are factory loc-tited. There is one form of locker that requires heat to remove.
    BTW, heating the head of the bolt works even if it doesn't have Loc-Tite. It expands the end of the bolt just enough to break the friction between the bolt head and part. Honda crank balancer bolts are an example. They always seem to be welded in place, but 30 seconds with an oxy-acetelene torch and it spins right out.
     
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    Just thinking as a last resort, weld a cheap or junk wrench to the bolt head. The heat from the weld and the wrench not slipping will get it out. Smack the wrench with a hammer to break it loose.
     
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    77, your welded wrench idea was my next resort. That would work. Ok, my 84 318 2wd Prospector is non posi 8 1/4. 2 rear end tags. 29 or 2.9 and the other tag says 3553. Driveshaft turns 2.9 times for tire to turn 2 times. ONE TIRE IS NOT TURNING -so I think I have 2.9 gears eeh?
     
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    Yes, you have 2.9 gears, actually 2.93 or 2.94:1 (I think.....) but who's counting. :cool:
     
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    2.94's, thanks Aspen. In those days before overdrive if your stayin in the city 3.55, if your freeway flyin its 2.94 or 3.21 for all around. I'm goin freeway flyin and would like 19 mpg. so 2.94 is good