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Old July 24th, 2011, 04:07 PM
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R380 Gearbox Drain Bolt

It's stuck. The very definition of the word. If you looked up stuck in the dictionary it would have a picture with my R380 gear box drain bolt on it. I am using a wrench and liquid wrench and I'm probably going to have to buy a new bolt because it is distorting. Last time I had to take it in and I told the shop to hand-tighten it. Pretty sure that didn't happen cuz it might was well be welded shut. Any helpful tips or tricks? Do I need to buy a pneumatic wrench? Anything else? Sweet talk? Holy water?
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Old July 24th, 2011, 04:22 PM
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Are you using a socket or a wrench. Its a 1 1/4 i beleive. I assume you are pulling towards front of truck. There's no way to get an impact on it. Refill with redline mtl. I've never had luck using sockets on drain plugs..
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Old July 24th, 2011, 04:31 PM
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Im using a wrench and I can fairly confidently say this bolt is never going anywhere using a wrench. A socket won't fit as they are too tall, no room to get it on the bolt. I saw someone had taken a 32MM (size of the bolt) and ground it down to fit the height of the bolt and that worked. I was hoping to avoid making my tools though.
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Old July 24th, 2011, 06:19 PM
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latch a box end to the open end of the wrench you are using for more leverage. Maybe you need some more Wheaties or spinach


If this is so bad make sure you will be able to get the fill plug out.
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Old July 24th, 2011, 06:42 PM
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Take it back to the shop that put it in, and watch while they hand tighten the new plug to your specification.
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Old July 25th, 2011, 11:15 AM
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I'm going to take it in, have it removed & apply anti-seize then I will buy a 32MM socket and trim it just like this: http://www.reedx.net/landrover/maint...ange/index.htm
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Old July 25th, 2011, 11:24 AM
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I used a 1 1/4 in craftsman box wrench on a friends. The wrench was 15 bucks, we cut the the open end off with a hack saw and put a 3 foot pipe over the end, got it up on the lift and it came right out with a little heat on the case from a torch
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Old July 25th, 2011, 11:25 AM
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Heat. I forgot about that. Is it safe to use a small torch to warm up the area around the bolt?
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