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Rounded Bolts

I have a 93 GEO Tracker. Decided to put a frame mount hitch on it. The person who had it before me tried to remove the rear cross bar that bolts to the frame. They got two of the bolts out, and left them out. The other two, the ones close to the bumper they managed to pretty well round off. I can't seem to get a grip on them with any current tool I have. Has anyone run into this problem? Any suggestions on a method for removal would be grestly appreciated. The frame appears to be totaly boxed at this area. As a last resort I could always drill them out, but I want to avoid that if at all possible.
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Re: Rounded Bolts

Take a cut-off tool or die grinder and grind a big groove all the way across, making it a slotted bolt. Use a big flat screwdriver with a wrench on it for leverage. Don't forget lotza PB Blaster!

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Re: Rounded Bolts

Thanks, thought of that also. Only thing is I don't know if I can get any type of penatrating oil on the threads or bolt as the frame appears to be totaly enclsed. If PB Blaster available at any auto parts store?

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Re: Rounded Bolts

Most, but it's not that common. IMOH, it seems to the best on rusted crap

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Re: Rounded Bolts

Ive had good luck with Vice Grips on these type sof things.

clamp them so tight it takes both of your hands and someone else! and crank it out.

if youve got a grinder, grind some new flats on it and use a wrench, apply some heat from a torch, maybe its rusted/corroded in there.

good luck, I feel your pain

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