Deal with seized nuts and bolts
There should be no reason to admit defeat and reach for the drill if you follow these hard and fast rules for painless extractions
EIZED NUTS, bolts and fasteners are inevitable bedfellows of old bike restoration and maintenance. Water ingress, road filth, and repeated heat cycles all do their bit to tighten the grip of metal on metal leading to, if tackled incorrectly, stripped threads, chewed heads, skinned knuckles, and inappropriate use of hammers and angle grinders – a nasty clutch of undesirables.
But with a bit of lateral thinking and the application of cunning technique you need never wrestle with or swear at a seemingly seized fastener again.
So confident were we that no furred up nut or bolt would cause us issue that we wheeled Big G’s TS250 onto the work bench – the very worst example of neglect, decay and festering corrosion in PS’S current shed of shame. Gary’s sorry looking Suzuki is peppered with rusted threads, rounded bolt heads, corroded Allen
STECHNICAL DIFFICULTY? (caphead) fixtures, and each and every one of them has got to come away from the bike before Grumpy can rebuild it, so we got to work.
This is what we found, and how we tackled it…
Tools for the job
Screwdriver. JIS screwdriver. Mallet. Hammer. Penetrating oil. T-bar. Heat gun. Bolt extractor kit. Flameless heat tool