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Old 04-27-2008, 02:15 PM   #1
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Default stainless steel bolts

Up to this day I don't understand why auto manufacturers don't install stainless steel bolts. At the very least, on parts that will require regular maintenance.

I just spend 45 minutes just replacing a fog light bolt and snapped 2 bolts because they were rusted, theres not even a way to put a zip tie on there. And I looked on the otherside..whenever that other fog goes I'll have to go through the same procedure.

Now I need to spend an hour drilling endlessly into those damn bolt.

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Old 04-27-2008, 04:11 PM   #2
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stainless steel Galls very easily and can/may be even worse to get out over time.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Galling
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Old 04-27-2008, 04:26 PM   #3
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yea but I mean just the bolt, it's not going go gall against normal metal...no?
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Old 04-27-2008, 08:59 PM   #4
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the threads will gall against the nut/fastener given time and vibration. not to mention, $$$.
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Old 04-27-2008, 11:40 PM   #5
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You need to go in from the back with the fog bulbs. It's not easy but, much easier than dealing with the bolts in the front. Mine have been seized for about 5 years......
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Old 04-28-2008, 06:30 PM   #6
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yea but I mean just the bolt, it's not going go gall against normal metal...no?
It can still gall. Stainless steel can still be a soft alloy depending on the grade, 303, 304, 316, 17-4........They are not all created equally.
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Old 04-28-2008, 08:14 PM   #7
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well.. how about them nylon bolt then? ahaha...
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^^ I see no reason why not, low cost, easily machined, the right grade would more then hold. Long term durability may suffer as it ages and turns brittle. All things to consider.
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