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I need to put a receiver hitch on my Jeep for a mobility scooter lift I got off Craig's list

https://www.spinlife.com/Harmar-AL10...roductID=71243

. Got it for $200 So there are 6 nuts welded inside the frame to attach the hitch. Five were unused and required running a tap through them to clean out the rust, etc. The 6th one has a support attached and I need to get that bolt out. but I am sure the part beyond the nut is quite rusted. I moved it a little, back and forth, but it took every bit of strength I have to get very little result.

I shot as much PB blaster as I could through a hole a distance away hoping I got some in the offending bolt.

I wonder if it needs heat, did they use a thread locking product?? I had a pic but it was blurry, and now it is raining/sleeting/snowing, so I will be waiting for that to stop before continuing..
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5 out of 6 isn't too bad Gardner.
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Break it, new hardware time
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Heat it as long as nothing flammable is not in the area. MAPP gas if you don’t have Oxy Acetylene. Great price. I bought one that looks like it to use as my Segway lift. Need to rewire the entire thing and wrap it up soon.
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The nut was welded to the inside of the frame, then it was assembled. No access to replace it without making a big hole and welding it up again...not the best way so far!
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50% acetone and transmission fluid is the best penetrating oil I have ever used. If that docent work the heating it will for sure. Go at it easy and wiggle back and forth and it should come loose for u. Good Luck!!!
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I need to put a receiver hitch on my Jeep for a mobility scooter lift I got off Craig's list

https://www.spinlife.com/Harmar-AL10...roductID=71243

. Got it for $200 So there are 6 nuts welded inside the frame to attach the hitch. Five were unused and required running a tap through them to clean out the rust, etc. The 6th one has a support attached and I need to get that bolt out. but I am sure the part beyond the nut is quite rusted. I moved it a little, back and forth, but it took every bit of strength I have to get very little result.

I shot as much PB blaster as I could through a hole a distance away hoping I got some in the offending bolt.

I wonder if it needs heat, did they use a thread locking product?? I had a pic but it was blurry, and now it is raining/sleeting/snowing, so I will be waiting for that to stop before continuing..
I would use an impact wrench - starting out with it's lowest setting and gradually turning it up until the bolt moves. You may need to loosen and tighten it repeatedly to get it to unscrew. Hopefully the bolt will back out before it reaches it's breaking point.
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Heat any exposed threads and hold some paraffin wax on it. The wax will seep in like other penetrating agents. I have had good results with this method where PB blaster has failed. I heated it up several times over a few days, each time applying the wax and moving it just a little. I also applied some trauma with a small ball peen hammer - the impulse can help break the rust.


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The nut was welded to the inside of the frame, then it was assembled. No access to replace it without making a big hole and welding it up again...not the best way so far!
Can you get to it with a drill & bit to cut the threads out and then bolt through it?
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Lots of good suggestions, Thanks. This is not my first rodeo, but it is always nice to get some suggestions to think about. Right now it is snowing, or raining, so it will be a couple of days before I can get back under the Jeep.
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