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Old 02-02-2002, 12:28 PM
suginami suginami is offline
Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: Southern California, U.S.A.
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I had a similar problem when I was replacing the distributor on my Nissan Quest minivan.

I had one bolt which wouldn't come out, but which I could turn about 1/4 to 1/2 of a turn.

I just kept spraying it and gently, repetitively moved it back and forth for two days, obsessively.

I gradually made some progress, but finally, my impatience and fruatration got the best of me. I took the longest ratchet I had and used brute force until the bolt broke free. It didn't break.

I don't want to necessarily recommend doing what I ultimately did. I don't know if I was lucky or not.

I do recommend continuous, long-term soaking in penetrating oil and working the screw. Eventually, the oil has to seep down the threads and loosen up.

In a sadistic way, I'm kind a glad things like this happen to other people. I'm usually the guy where everything that can go wrong, does go wrong, and a 30 minute job turns into a 30 hour job.

Good luck!
Paul S.

2001 E430, Bourdeaux Red, Oyster interior.
79,200 miles.

1973 280SE 4.5, 170,000 miles. 568 Signal Red, Black MB Tex. "The Red Baron".
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