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replacing rear bearings bolt in differential stuck

This is a discussion on replacing rear bearings bolt in differential stuck within the Drivetrain forums, part of the LSx Technical Help Section category; Im replacing the rear wheel bearings in my 2000 trans am. Never done this before ive got the brakes rotors ...

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    replacing rear bearings bolt in differential stuck

    Im replacing the rear wheel bearings in my 2000 trans am. Never done this before ive got the brakes rotors off n the cover to the differential popped of now im at the point where im suppose to remove a bolt that holds in what i believe to be called a cross shaft. im using a 8mm open ended to try to turn this bolt but its starting to stip. its to narrow to get a socket wrench in there n im wondering if its safe to spray bolt breaker in there or what the hell to do to loosen this bolt cuz i know it and the cross shaft have to come out so i can remove the axle shaft to replace the old bearings and seals.

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    There is locktight applied to that bolt from the factory. Don't use a 12 pt wrench.. especially the open end,it will round the head of the bolt. I use a shallow 1/4" drive 6 pt 5/16 socket as it is slightly smaller that an 8mm.

    It is alright to use penetrating oil on the bolt.
    You can even use a torch just don't go crazy with it and melt anything.
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    i failed

    Tried penetrating oil n a 1/4 drive n broke a brand new craftsman socket wrench lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by malossavich View Post
    Tried penetrating oil n a 1/4 drive n broke a brand new craftsman socket wrench lol
    Get another socket wrench. Heat the carrier around the bolt with a torch, bolt should come out with ease.

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    Yepp, a little heat should do the trick...
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