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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 07-31-2019, 03:22 PM Thread Starter
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Removing Factory Sandwich Plate Hardware

Changing out the oil filter sandwich plate and decided to change the center hardware with MWR parts. Going OK till I went to remove the last piece with a 30mm 6pt socket. I can not break it loose. Only have about 3-4 mm of engagement with the socket (I ground off all the lead). I'm doing this from under the lying on my back. Any suggestions ?

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If i remember correctly, that last inner bolt required what felt like an unreasonable amount of torque to remove. So much so that I had to get help. I recommend an extension bar on the socket wrench, but I'm not sure how much this helps if the head was ground off. I've seen videos of welding a new bolt on to connect a good stud to broken off bolts.
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Haven't you always wanted a compressor and air tools??

Now is the time, perhaps.

What do you mean "I ground off all the lead"??

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A garage nearby can get it loose, then tighten it enough for you to get home???
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Haven't you always wanted a compressor and air tools??

Now is the time, perhaps.

What do you mean "I ground off all the lead"??


I ground off the chamfer on the socket to get the most engagement.

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I think I used an extension on a 1/2" drive wrench so I could get the wrench down by my chest and get a good amount of torque on it. Make sure you're going in the right direction. You could also use a breaker bar for more leverage. The hex on that adapter is pretty thin so grinding down the socket was a good idea.

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I'll second glb's take on this. An impact wrench can apply torque in a way that brute breaker bar force cannot.

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Make sure your new MWr hardware fits through your new sandwich plate
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Use an impact. Get this https://www.homedepot.com/p/Milwauke...E&gclsrc=aw.ds

Buy once cry once!

Be careful with the impact...the insert is steel into aluminum. I would heat up before you go breaking things.

I used a celica 2zz filter adapter on mine. $15 at toyota dealer. i removed the oil cooler crap and never looked back. Temps are perfect. May add small setrab later.
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Success, I forgot I had 1/2 impact air tool (moved 4 or 5 times since using it). It was off in less than 5 seconds. Every thing back together. Thanks for all the advice.

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