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Driveshaft Removal Help.

Im trying to get my drive shaft off to change my u joint. The problem im having is im stripping the bolt. Im using a regular socket and the right size but when i turn it it slips. Im not even putting a lot of force into it. Im wondering if theres a better socket i can use. The bolt has a lot of ridges on it and i think ive seen sockets that have a simalar pattertn. The socket im using now has a hexagon pattern inside. Could this be my problem? Any help is greatly appreciated.
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12 point bolt?
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i believe so. i didnt count but it looks to be 12
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What size is it?
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The rear drive shaft takes a 12 point 12mm socket or wrench. I would wait til you get the right tool for the job.
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What size is it?
13mm
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The rear drive shaft takes a 12 point 12mm socket or wrench. I would wait til you get the right tool for the job.
John
12mm didnt fit but its not a 12 point. is that what i need.
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The rear drive shaft takes a 12 point 12mm socket or wrench. I would wait til you get the right tool for the job.
John
I re read this and answered my own question. I really appreciate your help and everyone elses. gotta go buy wrenches now.
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A 1/2in socket is a tad bit smaller than a 13mm so get a 1/2in,6 point socket and beat it on there with a hammer and that will get it off.
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NO NO NO! The only thing that works is a 12 point, 12mm socket. Do not use ANYTHING else or you'll ruin it if you already haven't.
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I went out and bought the 12 point wrenches. i guess ill be dropping the drive shaft tomorrow. Thanks again for all your help.
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And I went into a panic reading the early posts and didn't even realize somebody has already posted the 12mm 12 point bit. Sorry for the stridency -- I didn't want you to ruin those bolts. They can be a real pain sometimes NOT stripped, lol.

For instance, when you are lying under a propped up junkyard vehicle trying to take the bolts out with inadequate room. That's the most fun most folks have with them, lol.
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If he badly stripped the bolt he could try a 12 point 9/16 socket or 11mm. Easy out for a last resort,then replace the bolt.
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