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My Father Taught Me This! Passing It On To The Next Generation

My Dad who is also a mechanic showed me this hack many years ago, I have shared it with lots of people who I worked with and I am pleased to pass it on to many more.

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If you have a jammed bolt nut or fastner at won’t turn in or is refusing to start, with damaged thread etc.. this is an ideal hack / tip that my old grandad passed on to my father and now on to me.
I really hope you find this video helps you out

25 thoughts on “My Father Taught Me This! Passing It On To The Next Generation”

  1. Gerard Burke says:

    **UPDATE*** I decided to make a follow up video on this Should answer some of the questions that were raised, I include 3 demos of this in action with close up shots.

    As there was some safety concerns & confusing comments raised, I felt I should clear a few things up.
    1) This is a tip for certain circumstances only, I never have and never would use it on a component which would cause any safety concern to any customer.
    2) The demo was done on a support bracket only, items like this or similar will not cause any safety concern.
    3) I did this free of charge and on a time restraint, I noticed it when I was replacing another item, the customer needed the vehicle back that evening and I decided rather than leave it like it was, I would do this and secure it up fully.
    4) The bolt was not the issue, the part that the bolt threads into is a secured piece, someone had previously damaged it, leaving the bracket loose and the bolt just tightened a turn or so.
    5) The bolt can be removed and will not break, it will go in and out as usual and has helped clean up the damaged threads.
    6) Used in the right application I personally believe this is a great tip and can save you a lot of time & trouble.

    Lastly to all the people who have watched the video, Thanks very much and I am delighted with the feedback I have received on it.

  2. Brad K says:

    Please say start one more time. Thanks for the trick

  3. insylem says:

    Doesn't that compromise the strength of the bolt?

  4. I bet your father was a mech in Boeing.

  5. Adrian Young says:

    i dont see how that helped.

  6. Nick Forsyth says:

    I don’t think this will work for those annoying 10mm bolts on ford timing belt covers. Every time I come to the ones by the engine mounts they are surprisingly missing because the haven’t put them back in or the cover itself is snapped around the bolt haha

  7. I could see this working in certain circumstances but would never want to do this on anything in a car period and especially not anything under the hood. Yes, that bolt likely just holds something down and isn't bearing much weight.

    However vibrations from the engine and car driving can and will loosen even the tightest of bolts. In this case it's very probable that it will come out entirely if given the time (and as time increases, probability also increases). Not to mention the issue with it rusting into place and potentially weakening it's strength that other people pointed out.

    Anything that moves even the slightest bit or even just vibrates has specific bolts tightened to specific torques designed by multiple engineers to ensure they stay fastened. This is likely to cause more damage than good and potentially be very dangerous depending where it is used.

    Please either buy and use a tap and dye kit, use a file to file the burrs on the thread or get a new bolt.

  8. For the time you just wasted with this rocket experiment, the job could of been done right all over again. Oblonging holes and cutting bolts down at the vise to "fix" a screw-up? Very possible you've damaged the threaded fixture that accepts said bolt as well. To me, this is sloppy and lazy. Nice box btw, sweet looking shop, too.

  9. Olivia P says:

    That makes so much sense, but I was too much of a dummy to think of it. Thank you for sharing (I do housing remodels for a living and run into similar issues on occasion).

  10. vebration35 says:

    Thousand respect to your dad. That is a good tip.

  11. Erock says:

    It's a cool hack . About about just fixing it the right way instead of ruining the structural integrity of the bolt ? I am sure it works . But like he said … " when needed "

  12. Dan Koning says:

    Well done. To the complainers…merely tell them you lost a nights sleep b/c of their worries and maybe they'll feel better.  (:{I>

  13. Umar Chowhan says:

    Or you can buy a tread repair kit.

  14. Dan Slotea says:

    Usually that last part of the thread is not used, as it's sitting in the unthreaded hole of the bracket or part attached by the bolt. That's why the thread in that zone looks so good. Rethreading and using a new bolt is the only real solution.

  15. wuter melons says:

    how about you clean and re-tap the hole or run a reamer through it? along with a new bolt that's probably going to be a better fix in the long run instead of kicking the ball off to someone else to deal with in the future…i'm pretty sure you can buy a reasonably priced bolt set that would cover most situations, just stay away from black oxy bolts, they are the most common but will start rusting in just hours if you live in a wet environment.

  16. Obviously it matters WHERE you use this method as you are in fact weakening the integrity of the bolt, just have to be smart about where you can apply this to, I personally wouldn't do this to my car lol other things sure.

  17. That is so smart. Thank you

  18. jacob mace says:

    Good idea for some applications like the one you had. But having less threads holding that bolt in make it more likely to vibrate loose or get pulled out.

  19. Id rather fix it correctly.

  20. Jim Talor says:

    Awesome thanks!!!!

  21. hau tupou says:

    Very help full thank u brother for passing it on…skills idea..👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍

  22. Stupid information to us mechanics that know how to fix shit properly

  23. You’re not using your hacksaw properly, full blade length strokes dear boy, full blade length strokes!

  24. Chally Ho says:

    Well you won't get a job at Ferrari putting in bolts like that 😂

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