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Temp Gauge Removal Woes...

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John Fulmer

07-31-2003 21:26:42

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I'm looking for some suggestions on how to recover from my botched temp gauge replacement project.

To make a long story short, the gauge nut would not loosen, it was made of some incredibly soft metal that bent under the wrench immediately, and I ended up breaking the old gauge off and chewing the external portion of the nut completely off, leaving me with just a hole into the radiator, and the threaded portion of the nut still in there.

My first thought is to hit it with some penetrating oil and try an 'easy-out' on it. Does anyone have a better suggestion?


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08-01-2003 05:00:48

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 Re: Temp Gauge Removal Woes... in reply to John Fulmer, 07-31-2003 21:26:42  
I just ran into the same problem. A flare nut wrench was the tool of choice. I shot the temp. gage nut with AERO-KROIL (good stuff). Always try to tighten first when removing a stubborn nut or bolt. Even when it seams as though it won't go any further. With a flare nut wrench you can wriggle it back and forth a little at a time. Heat works real well but remember not to ignite the penetrating oil or get it too hot that you soften old solder. If that doesn't do the trick I usually break out the metric sledge and loosen up the entire radiator. I feel much better when I do that.

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