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Old 03-15-2014, 07:05 PM
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Yet another EGR delete question

I was planning to delete my EGR this weekend but got stuck at the bolts holding the lower unit in place. From what I've read in other posts, it is common that these 2 are a real pain. What I haven't been able to find is how folks are removing them.
I decided to start with these two bolts to see if I could break them free before I started hacking on everything else. This way, if I failed (which I did), my truck won't be un-driveable.

What I need to know is how people are removing these bolts. I tried a breaker bar for more leverage but that didn't work. I actually broke my socket. I was using a 10mm craftsman 6 point socket and it cracked. I was surprised. I think next time I'll try an impact socket that hopefully won't crack under the pressure.

I've heard of some using a grinder to cut and grind their way through the bolt head. It seems like there isn't enough space to get a grinder wheel in there.

So, how about it? How did you get those things the break free?
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Old 03-16-2014, 03:58 AM
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lots of PB blaster, then go to bed.....maybe blast it some more.....go to bed....then get to work.
Mine actually came off pretty easy after some lube
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lots of PB blaster, then go to bed.....maybe blast it some more.....go to bed....then get to work.
Mine actually came off pretty easy after some lube
What he said and after PB being on there for 24 hours or so giving it a little heat if needed. When I helped a buddy do his, he used PB 48 hrs before we started. We didn't have to use heat.
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I soaked them with pb a couple hours before I started. I guess I'll soak them again today and try again.
Thanks for the replies.
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I soaked them with pb a couple hours before I started. I guess I'll soak them again today and try again.
Thanks for the replies.
I think it does take a while to penetrate into the threads so hopefully it will be easy when you try it.
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Old 03-17-2014, 08:29 AM
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I gave the bolts another soaking and was able to break the lower one free. The upper bolt just rounded the head. I'm not looking forward to getting a cutoff wheel in there since the clearance is pretty small with that bung right next to it.
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How are you trying to get at it? I removed the drivers side inner fender and came at it from the side. I didn't use any PB blaster and was able to get both off no problem.
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Old 03-17-2014, 09:09 AM
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How are you trying to get at it? I removed the drivers side inner fender and came at it from the side. I didn't use any PB blaster and was able to get both off no problem.
I did the same process and no issues other than tearing some skin off my knuckles. If you are using a 6 point socket try stepping up to a 1/2 drive bar for leverage. Sorry you are having issues with those bolts and glad mine were easy. Good Luck sir.
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Old 03-17-2014, 09:14 AM
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I took the fender liner out too. Trying to come in from the side. The bolt is in so tight that it rounded the head. I tried to be patient and not ruin it but too late now. It is just one stinking bolt holding me up!
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Old 03-17-2014, 09:21 AM
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Have you seen this thread? He had the same problem.
EGR Delete-Full Install (Long+Pics)
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