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Exclamation 2000 Mustang GT Coil Bolt Stripped. Help!

Today I removed my coils (COPS) from my mustang to replace the boots and springs. I took them off to see how bad they were and then put them back on and drove to auto parts store to get new ones. Once I got home I went to take them back out noticing that two of the bolts just keep turning and won't come on (the bolt that holds the coil itself) It just keeps spinning and doesn't loosen what so ever. I tried pulling up on the coil and turning the bolt and nothing worked. I am sure lots of people have had this happen before so please let me know what everyone else did to solve this problem. Thanks again - Mike
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Suckfest...I've never had that happen. Did you over-torque them when you reinstalled the COPs?

Cut 1/4 of a stick of C4 plastic explosive. That should be enough for this problem.
Construct an initiating system with time fuze, detonation cord, and blasting caps.
Attach the charge and initiating system to the offending COPs, ensuring good charge to surface contact.
Closing the hood is optional. I'd close it because it'll look really cool when it flies off.
Ignite your time fuze using a fuze ignitor, or some type of flame to the time fuze.
Find a good place to hide with overhead cover if possible, but stick your hand up, around, or over the barrier to make sure you get it all on camera.

No more stripped threads!!!
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I laughed my a$$ off. I dont think i will call you to help with a tune up. lol.

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rabbit o my god that was so funny.:kooky::kooky::kooky:
um really try prying bolt up as you losen it

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Seriously this thread isn't posted for b/s it's a serious question. Thanks for futher help. -Mike-
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Seriously this thread isn't posted for b/s it's a serious question. Thanks for futher help. -Mike-
yo i was serious, try and take a screw driver put it under the lip of the bolt pry up and take ur socket and try to lossen it. ive done that before and it worked. you might need to drill and tap a new hole

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yo i was serious, try and take a screw driver put it under the lip of the bolt pry up and take ur socket and try to lossen it. ive done that before and it worked. you might need to drill and tap a new hole
Damn...I don't take a whole lot of things too seriously, though. I could be serious and say: It's a tiny little bolt on a coil. Use some ingeniuity and get it off, and next time don't strip them.

Good luck!
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Sounds like you overtightened it WAY too much and stripped the part it seats into, likely, getting the bolt out is only the beginning of the problem, you may have to repair the threads. Try using a screwdriver under the lip as ghostrider said, if that doesn't work you can try some needle nodes vicegrips. And like above, next time don't go gorillaing things down, my old roomate from college did that with every fastener he every came across, that jackhole broke everything from carbs to tv connections, to cabinets. And HE never learned. Mistakes happen, but in future, remember that tiny fasteners like that one are usaually tightened to INCH POUNDS.

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i tried prying it up with a screw driver it didn't work. what else can I do :?: Please help people
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i tried prying it up with a screw driver it didn't work. what else can I do :?: Please help people
I don't know what types of tools you have to work with, but a Dremel with various attachments is pretty handy. I'd start by taking the Dremel to the top of that bolt and cutting it off so I could remove the COP, and then make an assessment of the situation from there. That bolt threads into a metal fitting that's set in the plastic of your manifold, and it probably stripped out (Obviously). Once the COP is out of the way, you should be able to find a way to jam it up, and remove the rest of the bolt with some vice grips. I can't remember if you're replacing the whole COP or not. If so, then it doesn't matter if you accidentally destroy the COP in the process of dremeling it. As far as fixing the threads...I'm not too sure about how to do that without seeing it. You might be able to reaffix the metal fitting to the plastic with some type of epoxy. I'd use Loctite Marine Epoxy. That sh*t is bullet proof when it dries, and it might hold it as long as you don't over torque it again in the future. Just make sure it's dry before you put your COP back on, or you'll epoxy the COP to the manifold, and that would suck too.
Sometimes being a mechanic as a hobby requires some critical thinking and trying some whacky sh*t. I don't know how many "tools" I've fabricated out of duct tape, coat hangers, string, etc...to help me accomplish some retarded task. Often, you just have to go out and buy more tools for the job. A dremel will come in handy for stupid stripped/broken bolts.

I dunno what the proper torque is for the COPs off the top of my head, but it's a 7mm bolt, and "snug" but not "tight" is ok on it.

If you do the Dremel technique, be sure to isolate the area with rags or paper towels to keep metal filings from getting under the injectors, because dirt and crap likes to hide under there. If you ever have to remove your injectors and the metal filings go into the intake ports, it can spell disaster for your motor.

In short...that's what I'd attempt to do. Someone else might think it's retarded, but I can't think of anything else at the moment.
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I was actually going to do something like that its snowing over here now so I got some time to play with it Thanks for the advice
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Agree that the head needs to be cut off. Then remove the COP and see if you can grasp the bolt with a set of pliers to remove it. You might be able to chase those threads with a tap and install the same size bolt. If not, you may have to go up a size.

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