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Old 05-02-2006, 08:51 PM   #1
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Angry Need inexpensive, effective tool to cut Heat shield.

Dangit. I have to replace my front O2 sensor on my 99 RS. I found out just how hard it is to get to that bastard, but I hear that removing the heat shield or cutting some of the heat shield off can help. Being that it's a 99, the bolts holding the shield are just lumps of rust. I need to either:

A. Cut a notch out of the heat shield so that I can easily reach the O2 Sensor to replace it.

B. Cut off the bolts holding the shield on.

I do not currently have anything that can do the job. Any suggestions?
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Old 05-02-2006, 09:07 PM   #2
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For the shield, a dremel will work with a few cutting wheels. you'll break or wear down the emery type ones, so best to use a fiberglass wheel.

You should really try to soak the bolts in liquid wrench or WD40. Then try to break them free. If not, you'll have to use a air grinder with cutting wheel to get it off. Or a ton of dremel cutting wheels
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Old 05-02-2006, 10:05 PM   #3
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I might try soaking them, I've got some PB blaster that I can try. Problem is I'm not sure it will do any good, the bolt heads really have no shape left to them at all, they just look like a solid mass of rust.

I'll have to see if I can a replacement chuck for my dremel and try that too.

Looks like I can get the Chuck and the fiberglass cutting disks at Home Depot. Sonofahell, I'm cutting! Woohoo!

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Old 05-02-2006, 11:29 PM   #4
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Bring it to Home depot and use their heavy duty cutting shears in the tools department. If anybody asks "Your testing to make sure they work before you buy"
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Old 05-03-2006, 04:34 PM   #5
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Get a dremel tool if you don't have one. That is my favorite tool. I have had to use it so many times while working on my car.
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Old 05-03-2006, 07:19 PM   #6
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dremel works great. i have done a few heatshields with mine. it will get the job done
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Old 05-03-2006, 08:05 PM   #7
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remove 6 exhaust manifold stud nuts, remove bolt for mount by trans, remove foward hangers, lower front of exhaust down, replace 02 sensor with ease.

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Old 05-05-2006, 09:56 PM   #8
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Dremel tool gets my vote...
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Old 05-06-2006, 09:57 PM   #9
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Well looks like Dremel is the recommended tool. I just pulled mine out of the box it's been in for 5 years and it still works great. Last time I used it was to cut a Japanese N64 Super Mario 64 cartridge so that it would fit a USA N64.
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