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Revvin Up
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posted July 26, 2007 02:25 PM

Door removal

I need to replace my passenger side door and I'm having difficulty removing the cowl hinge screws. I soaked them first with Liquid Wrench and the next day went at it with an impact driver. I only succeeded in break 3 phillips bits. I soaked them again with another brand of penetrating oil and used an impact wrench with no luck. With the impact driver I was able to get out the 2 inside hinge screws and they showed no sign of any rust. They even looked brand new. Is heat the only thing left to try? Thanks

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posted July 26, 2007 02:59 PM

door removal

you mean pillar hinge right ?
Cowl is up front for the hood.
1) better bits ?
2) ospho ?
3) heat
4) take weight off door while doing this ?

good luck

Bruce Toski

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Revvin Up
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posted July 26, 2007 04:48 PM

Yes, the pillar hinge. The 3 bits that broke were cheap, but not the one used with the impact. I guess that heating or drilling them out are the only options left. All I can say is that it doesn't appear that they were ever intended to be removed because those babies were put in tight. Thanks for your feedback Bruce.

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posted July 26, 2007 08:40 PM


Mine were stuck, used a torch and heated, they backed out like they were just put in hand tight. Go to Sears and buy a couple of 3/8 in socket screwdrivers to fit. If you break you take them back and they give you new ones. Good luck.
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