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Okay, so It seemed like taking the bumper off, as well as the trimmings, would entail some work, but what I wasn't expecting was the mutant bolts that must have been put on by the hulk.

I've tried metric, I've tried US sockets. Nothing fits. I did find some bolts that were 15mm and 10 mm, (the 10's are holding trim on) but they won't budge. I broke the head off of one of the 10mm's, but I'm not too concerned as I can replace it with a bolt, washers and some nuts, but good grief!

I didn't think this was going to be such a huge production.

The only thing I've successfully removed thus far is the stupid step-pad that goes on top of the fascia. On top of that, I possibly need different brackets, but none of that matters currently because I can't get the freaking bumper off. :sad:

ARGH! :box: I had to step away from the thing because I was ready to go at it with a power saw, and I somehow doubt that would be a good idea in the long run. :57:

So... Any ideas about my mutant bumper/bracket bolt problems? :thk:

Thanks in advance, guys.
 

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so is the problem that they are seized? or you can't find the right size socket?

if they are seized hit it with some PB BLASTER and let it soak for awhile. also I hear a 50:50mix of acetone and ATF fluid makes a fantastic penetrating compound for these situations. a 2002, you pro all have a bad case of seized parts, much like my LCA strut bolts that I had to sawzall off!
 

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Also.. consider using a breaker bar…if you are just relying on a socket wrench and muscle you're in for a workout. Alternatively - you could slide a piece of steel pipe over the end of your wrench to give you more torque.
 

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so is the problem that they are seized? or you can't find the right size socket? Both, technically

if they are seized hit it with some PB BLASTER and let it soak for awhile. also I hear a 50:50mix of acetone and ATF fluid makes a fantastic penetrating compound for these situations. a 2002, you pro all have a bad case of seized parts, much like my LCA strut bolts that I had to sawzall off!
yeah, I've found a couple sockets that fit, but there's a couple crazy ones. Though even with the right sized socket, can't budge them.
Will do with the letting some compound sit on them for awhile. Can't hurt doing it again.

Also.. consider using a breaker bar…if you are just relying on a socket wrench and muscle you're in for a workout. Alternatively - you could slide a piece of steel pipe over the end of your wrench to give you more torque.
Considering I've bent a socket wrench, this could be fun. :LOL: I did know about that pipe trick, but I need to find the right sockets for a few of these bolts... I really am at a disadvantage because most of my tools have been stolen after a house fire (apparently the people working on demolishing the house thought that the garage was free pickin's, though we can't prove it).

Thanks for the input, I'll keep working at it.
 

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Alright, I've successfully replaced the bumper!

(not the best picture, but it works)

Here's what the problems were. I had some weird, not quite exact sockets, so I borrowed a true 18mm socket and a small(ish) breaker bar. The PB Blaster did wonders, as did the right tools.
Shocking I know. :LOL:

Anyway, I just wanted to thank you guys again for the help! :smileup:
 

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This may surprise many of you

2 of the best products for breaking bolts & nuts loose are
PB BLASTER & KROIL gun oil
http://www.kanolabs.com/ <---- KROIL, but it is pricey, i only use it on those really tough jobs, just before i use the bottled Bernzomatic MAPP gas

Liquid Wrench & WD-40 don't even begin to compare
 

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I'm glad that you got it worked out. pb blaster is some good stuff, people think I'm weird but I think it smells like root beer. also the right tools help ;)
 
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