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Old 02-21-2005, 08:33 AM
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Angry can't undo flywheel/torque converter bolts

can't undo nuts on flywheel to torque converter, how do you stop flywheel from moving when removing nuts, got motor stripped, trans is supported, only loosened off top motor/trans bolts, is there a secret to getting these things off there bloody tight and flywheel keeps moving...
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Old 02-21-2005, 08:44 AM
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Try getting a friend to hold a wrench on the balancer bolt, or maybe a strap wrench on the balancer itself.
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Best way is to get an impact gun (electric or air). Just be careful not to round them off, or you'll be chiseling them off.
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There is a way to this that has worked for me in the past. I used a tire iron or big screw driver and locked up the fly wheel through the starter housing. Using the starter housing as a fulcrum you can rotate the fly wheel in much the same way as your starter turns the fly wheel. (It's a bit slow) You can also stop the fly wheel from turning using this same method. I used a six sided wrench to loosen the torque converter bolts. If the bolts are really tight you can tap them with a small ball peen hammer and the vibration will eventually break the nuts free. I have done it this way many times pulling Ford transmissions. This was one of my beginning steps:

1. starter

2. transmission dust cover

3. torque converter bolts

Then all the other stuff linkage, driveline, cross member, cable, cooling lines, on and on. I hope this helps.
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Old 02-22-2005, 05:18 AM
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nuts

literally...
bloody nuts...
thanks heaps guys used all methods and all worked, but what to do one of the suckers won't budge, and it's starting to round off to, is there any other last resort, before The Last Resort, THE GRINDER...
then do I just replace with bolts from another converter/flywheel?
Thanks again guys for your help...
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Old 02-22-2005, 07:29 AM
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Try using a 6 point socket or wrench to remove them. Torque converters do not use bolts and nuts. They are studs on the converter. If you grind them off then you just brought another converter. If you round off the nuts so they can't be removed with a wrench, then your best bet to save the converter is to use a hammer and chisel and try to split the nuts to get them off. Remember whenreplacing the nuts that they are lock nuts.
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nuts

thanks for that advice ron... I think I'll battle on before getting the grinder out... really appreciate the warning... thanks...
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Try using some heat propane hand held torch heat bolt up then tap it with hammer then try to back off could have locking compound on it heat should break it down.
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Old 02-23-2005, 09:40 PM
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I have not had this problem with ford truck tansmisions, but in my aunts ford countour (it had a 4cylinder) I tried to split the nut (that ussually works), but I severly damaged the stud, and I was able to just press out the stud with a clamp, and then press in a new one. Just becouse they are studs, does not mean that they are "one with the torque converter" (LOL). I would look at what a junkyard or parts store has visible, and see if they are removable.
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By the way, for future use, you could either do like rainvest said and use a screwdriver ro hold the flywheel in place (I have done it, and it works great). But you could also buy a flywheel holder. If you can get it in their, it works great for thoes nuts, and when you go to remove the bolts that hold the flywheel on it does beutifully.
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