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post #1 of (permalink) Old 08-28-2002, 05:30 PM
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What tool for steering box bolts?

I broke the steering box mounting bracket a couple weekends ago. I have a spare bracket but the problem is the strange bolts that attach the box to the bracket. They look like the head of a large Torx socket with six points. The Sears guy said Craftsman didn't have anything like it. Any suggestions about how to remove them without damaging the gearbox or the name of the socket I'll need? See the attachment for a pic. Thanks in advance.
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Re: What tool for steering box bolts?

It's a Torx. They come in internal and external.
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Re: What tool for steering box bolts?

My favorite method for removing any Torx bolt is to weld a hex nut on top then take it out with a regular socket. As an added benefit, the heat from the welding breaks the rust bond too, so they usually come out real easy that way.

If you're not already, you should think about adding a steering box brace to help prevent the bracket from breaking again.
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Re: What tool for steering box bolts?

not sure its the correct name, but we call them inverted torx.. and craftsman has lots of them..find a sears guy that was born when Regan got shot...
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Re: What tool for steering box bolts?

I know that its cheating and only works half the time, but I've use 12 point sockets to get those off.

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Re: What tool for steering box bolts?

I bought an inexpensive set (Great Northern brand) at autozone when I removed my steering box. They worked great.
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