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Old August 11th, 2014, 14:11   #16
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I use these all of the time to get the triple squares out if they are stripped. Pound them on then take the bolt out with a ratchet. Works every time. Even in tight places.
Another vote for the socket style bolt extractors... I've even used them on non stripped triple squares, where I didn't have the right size available or was worried about stripping them.
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Old August 11th, 2014, 16:02   #17
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As a long time mechanic, all you other long-time mechanics seriously owe it to yourself to get some bolt-outs. It will be the best money you have ever spent. You know those easily stripped cheese head crank pully bolts? Non-issue with a bolt-out. Rusty exhaust nuts, broken or stripped studs. Grab one of the small ones and twist it on, grips like grim death, never fails and takes no more time than a socket change.
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Old August 11th, 2014, 19:11   #18
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Wow, It's gotten a little testy here. When I did mine, I unscrewed it with my fingers. I agree, if your a mechanic, it might be a good investment to get an extractor set. I am not amechanic and this is not a rusted exhaust bolt; it's very easy to remove with an angle grinder. I'm not sure you could get a drill in it, unless it was a rt angle drill.


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Old September 6th, 2018, 15:26   #19
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As I was tapping on a #10 extractor from the Craftsman set, my stripped out axle to transmission XZN / Triple Square broke loose. I guess the extractor jammed up against the CV housing and as I tapped on it, the counter rotating grippers twisted the Triple Square Bolt CCW. After that I was able to remove the bolt by hand.
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Old September 7th, 2018, 05:52   #20
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I have found stripped out Tri squares on axles more times than I can remember. Every one I got out by simply using a die grinder with a 2/32 or so disc cutting a slot about 1/4 deep, then grabbing my trusty air hammer with a sharp chisel and hammering it counter clock wise. Loosens it right up, then simply use a flat blade screw driver bit and loosen it. From stripped to removed maybe 2 minutes.
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Old September 8th, 2018, 11:15   #21
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Saw this post reopened and decided to add that I did use the bolt out type extractor. Simple and successful.
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Old September 8th, 2018, 16:14   #22
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Lots of different methods seem to work fine for this. Use what you have available that works! I've even been stuck at someone else's place without much for tools and used a good sharp chisel and BFH... Most FWD cars I can get my channel lock 410's in there. Now those are the cat's ass if you have room to get onto any stripped bolt!
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Old September 8th, 2018, 19:54   #23
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I've used most of the methods mentioned in this thread depending on tool availability.



These are nice too if there is room in your wallet.

https://www.matcotools.com/catalog/p...extractor-set/


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Old September 10th, 2018, 06:53   #24
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Lots of different methods seem to work fine for this. Use what you have available that works! I've even been stuck at someone else's place without much for tools and used a good sharp chisel and BFH... Most FWD cars I can get my channel lock 410's in there. Now those are the cat's ass if you have room to get onto any stripped bolt!
LOL, that's pretty much how I described but using air and as my buddy calls it, your primary tool of destruction. My air hammer has gotten us out of so many tough spots, stripped bolts, ball joint replacement, bushing replacement etc. Thinking of buying a spare since mine is like 30yrs old
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Hate those triple square axle bolts. My triple squares head were buggered out after multiple boot replacements. So I replaced them all with M10 - 1.5 x 20 Allen Head 12.9 grade bolts. Sooooo much better now R&Ring them.


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I've never had a problem with triple square bolts using a good quality bit, providing no one else has buggered them prior. Too many people don't take the time to clean out the hole, use an impact or worn/cheap tools.
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I have no issues with using triple squares on cylinder heads or one use type of deals.

But with multiple R&R’s, Allen type bolts just fit the tool so much more firmly than a triple square that it reduces the chance that the bolt head becomes buggered.

Good point in the use of a quality tool to minimize buggering the bolt head. But, a quality tool cost much more than my 90 cents each 12.9 grade Allen Bolts and Allen socket set from Harbor Freight.


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