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Old January 14th, 2006, 09:45 PM   #1
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Default stripped trans mount bolt

first off, what kinda bolts are those 2 on the top of the transmission where it mounts to the engine. i was trying to pull my tranny today to replace the clutch. i've never seen bolts like that (look like a reverse torx bit).

well anyways i got the first one out using a normal socket, but the other one completely rounded off and i only have a couple inches of room to work with. any ideas on how i can get that one out?

and can i replace them with normal style bolts as long as i get hardened grade 8 bolts?

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Old January 14th, 2006, 10:17 PM   #2
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Yup, they are inverted torx bolts.. not sure on the size right off hand.

Yes, you can, and would be stupid not to, replace with with a regular bolt when you are done.
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Old January 15th, 2006, 12:37 AM   #3
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E14 I think.... they are just regular 7/16" bolts with an e-torx head. Replace them with a new bolt and washer :)
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Old January 15th, 2006, 01:33 AM   #4
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E14 I think.... they are just regular 7/16" bolts with an e-torx head. Replace them with a new bolt and washer :)
yup exactly right i just replaced mine with regular bolts
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The E12 socket also fits ont hem, but it has to be lined up just perfect. The E14 fits with some slop, making it 10 times easier to get to them bolts. Harbor freight had a 8 socket set for external torx bolts for like $6 if you need some.
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Old January 15th, 2006, 10:03 AM   #6
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Now that you have gone ahead and f-ed it all up by not using the correct tool, your options are grind the head off, pull the trans and then get the bolt out or try to pound a smaller inverted torx onto it...good luck with that. I say get the grinder out.

Just thought of this...You can also buy a set of extractor sockets...they are made to grip a rounded off bolt. I used one a couple of years ago and it worked ok. Most parts stores sell them as does sears. You usually have to buy them in a small set of 4 or 5 sockets.

They look like this:



This is the sears kit, it's 20 bucks:

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