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Old 07-03-2006, 10:34 AM   #1 (permalink)
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how to install or torque this head bolt correctly?
Please see the pic, this bolt is located in the most left of the front head o a 1998 Windstar.
This position is special, the room is vey small between the bolt and the A/C manifold. youn can not use torque rench to correctly torque it. Although I have already take it out,But I can not totque it in corectly. Deffinetly.

So, I must take the A/C manifold out first? Is there any tip to torque it in correctly without taking the A/C manifold out? You know, that will cause the A/C freon leaking out and you must fix A/C late.

Any one have this kind of experience?
Thanks very much for any input.
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I don't think you'll lose refridgerant charge if you just loosen the 4 main compressor mounting bolts and pull the compressor away from the block just a bit. I've done that before and it's worked fine on 3.0L vulcan tauruses. You may be able to unthread both of the top bolts and then loosen the bottom ones some and the commpressor will actually tilt out from the block more at the top, then you should technically have even more room to work.
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just loosen the 4 main compressor mounting bolts and pull the compressor away from the block just a bit
Good idea.
Moving the compresser instead moving the A/C manifold.

Thanks very much. I will try it late. :-)
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One more question:

look the second head bolt(right side of the spark plug), it is sticked there and I used reguler socket can not take it out. The edge of the head bolt was damaged and the normal socket can not grip it and always slide.


I think I need a special socket (called SOCKET GRIP?) or some kind of speical tools to take this sticked and head edge damaged BOLT out.

any one have this kind of experience?
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I have already taken the rear one out.
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Every thing is ok except this sticked head bolt so far.

This head bolt is 15mm, a little bit bigger and tightened very much.
Any one know which kind of tools can work on it and help to take it out?

Thanks.


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i would say make sure you are using 6 point sockets.
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rudedog, Thanks.

I uses 6-poins (or 6-sides) soket. it worked very well on other bolts.

When I worked on this one, I am little bit hurry and did not wait the soket settle down and turn the rench. So I damage the edges of the bolt.

I know it is my mistake.

Now , once I get rid of this bolt, I can continue to work on.

Thanks.
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Old 07-03-2006, 10:37 PM   #8 (permalink)
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How about some Vise Grips or a boxed end wrench?
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there are speacial sockets for rounded bolt they are called twist sockets
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Get the correct size of socket, and a breaker bar (piece of pipe you can put over the end of the wrench). Might have to PB Blast it a few times (PB Blaster is a penetrating lubricant). Use your good hand and press the wrench down so it doesn't pop off, and just slowly add pressure to the breaker bar until it pops.
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