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Loctite removal solvent?

Discussion in 'The Shop' started by Haitiracers, Mar 25, 2008.

  1. Haitiracers

    Haitiracers Chimp

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    Is there such a thing? I overdid it a bit on my reach adjustment bolt on my Hayes brakes and now the lever sticks pretty bad. Its blue loctite and I can't heat it up or anything because of all the rubber.

    Does anyone know of a solvent to get this stuff outta there?
     

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  2. w00dy

    w00dy In heaven there is no beer

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    Use a soldering iron. You can just touch the head of the bolt and heat it up without torching the surrounding bits.
     
  3. Dartman

    Dartman Old Bastard Mike

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    Try acetone.

    Loctite makes a solvent but it's like $20/oz. It's a nitromethane blend. :twitch:
     
  4. Arkayne

    Arkayne I come bearing GIFs

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    According to the loctite site:

    Blue: Can be removed with hand tools
    Red: Apply heat to remove
    Green: Apply heat to remove

    The heat may kill your seals. I'm unsure of a solvent but I would be weary of using it. I wouldn't want to damage your seals as well.

    Do the soldering iron technique as mentioned above but don't scorch the thing. Just get it hot enough and then crank the bolt loose.
     
  5. Haitiracers

    Haitiracers Chimp

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    I tried the soldering iron and it just doesn't seem to get it out of there. Thanks for the idea though.

    I'm going to try some acetone later today, we'll see.
     
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    ultraNoob Yoshinoya Destroyer

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    I have to deal with loctite and small fasteners all the friggin time with import cars. I use a hammer operated impact driver. They're available at most hardware stores. You just have to buy a hex bit to fit your fastener. I've used this on rotor bolts too. If you have a Harbor Freight in your area, they're $5-$10

     
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    Dartman Old Bastard Mike

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    ultraNoob Yoshinoya Destroyer

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    H8R Cranky Pants

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    Heat gun.

    Red loctite needs heat in excess of 400 F but blue loctite will loosen with much less.

    I had to once rebuild a screen printing press that my boss had assembled with red loctite. Approx 250 fasteners that needed to be heated up and broke free. That was a fun week.



    A heat gun or your girlfriend's hair dryer should break the hold on the blue. Clean with acetone or MEK.
     
  10. HAB

    HAB Chelsea from Seattle

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    Did you beat your boss over the head with some part of the press? I would have been tempted.


    We had some dumbass come up to the shop with a wheel that he couldn't remove the rotor from. Turns out he'd used red loctite on ti rotor bolts. He was pissed that we had to destroy the bolts to get the damn thing apart. :disgust1: My boss more or less told him to stuff it.
     
  11. Haitiracers

    Haitiracers Chimp

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    I will definitely be getting some of those.

    No luck yet. I need to get some small torx head bits and try to get them into the allen head because its starting to strip from me messing with it so much. If I can get that to thread out I'll just replace the barrel.

    Thanks for all the help.
     
  12. FOXROX

    FOXROX Turbo Monkey

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    if it is Hayes you can just remove the bolt holding the lever on, and turn the lever to unscrew the barrel nut