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Old 03-02-2011, 01:16 PM
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Question Stripped water pump T housing threads

Hey you Powerstroke geniuses!

I've been learning all sorts of great repair tips and procedures from you folks over the past few months.

Thank You.

I recently replaced my T-stat during a flush, when I backed out the 3 bolts, one was difficult backing all the way out. Inspection of the bolt showed aluminum in the bolt threads. I cleaned the bolt and reassembled the T housing. I cleaned all mating surfaces and with fingers crossed torqued to 10 flbs.

It's has held for about 600 miles and is now leaking.

I've read all the posts on leaking t-housings.

I'm thinking I'll need to tap or something. I'm on the road and have 2,000 miles ahead of me.

The Water pump threads go completely through the flange, could I put in a longer bolt and use a nut ?

I'm not far from Yuma, so I could get to hardware and auto parts stores.

Is the nut and bolt idea viable?

Any Ideas?

Thanks you guy's

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If the hole passes all the way threw and the room is there a nut on the back side will be perfectly fine.
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Bolts

Thanks Snowseeker.

The truck is still drivable for a short hop into Yuma.
I'm afraid to touch the housing bolts till I have a longer replacement and some RTV and some nuts.

Given that, would you know or anyone what size bolts (thread size)
they are, I'll just add 1/2 for the bolt?

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I don't know personally but in a search I found 6x20mm coarse thread. So 6x30mm should work out nicely. personally I would try and get stainless hardware, it normally isn't much more in price.

I agree, don't touch the bolts until you get the longer ones.
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