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Rounded bolts and/or nuts

I don't know if it's o.k. to mention a specific product or not but I'll try. I had a 17mm bolt that ran into the rear of my Universal engine. The bolt held a bracket that had rusted through. First I applied PB Blaster, WD40, acetone/trans fluid mix and heat then I tried a 17mm box wrench and it just rounded it, the bolt, off. I then bought a set of open end/box wrenches that had inserts in them that were held in by plastic. First try it failed. Tore the insert right out. Sent them back. I then remembered Craftsman. They make a product called "BOLT-OUT". If you don't have this set on your vessel you are making a big mistake. It works great. First time. It is like a socket with a tapered reverse helix. Just thought I'd pass the info along. Maybe it'll help someone else.
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Re: Rounded bolts and/or nuts

Those do look like they could be lifesavers. I might add a set to my tools!
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Re: Rounded bolts and/or nuts

On Stainless which is like putty under wrenches..
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Re: Rounded bolts and/or nuts

Take a Snap On socket slightly smaller than the rounded off nut/bolt.

Hammer it on

Remove nut/bolt.

If socket damaged return to Snap On for a replacement.
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Re: Rounded bolts and/or nuts

They're called easy outs.
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