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Old 09-03-2006, 03:26 PM   #1
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Default Problem installing rear diff protector

The 14mm bolts all came loose with a bit of persuation, but the rear 17mm nuts are giving me problems. I hit them up with some WD-40, a long wrench, and some taps on the end of the wrench with a hammer (cheap impact wrench), as I couldn't get the leverage under the car to loose them up. The driver side one is looking to just round itself off, so I've backed off of it. The passenger side nut will rotate on the threads some, but then the threaded stud (I HOPE it's a stud) is starting to back out with it.

I just put all the bolts back on, and let it sit for now. I really would prefer not to screw something up on this.

If the 17mm nuts are on studs, is this kind of backing out normal? I was able to tighten things up, and the stud stopped rotating, and the 17mm nut torqued back down...

What do people normally use on those 17mm nuts? 1/2 drive deep-well? Impact sockets and wrench? I'm running into clearance issues (floorpan) with any sockets deep enough to go over the nuts. I can get an open-end wrench on it from underneath, for a while. But I have to hold the stud with vice-grips to have it not rotate...
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