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Old February 9th, 2019, 07:39 PM
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First time I've torn an engine down so forgive my dumb question but I pulled the oil pan off and the connecting rod bolts are multi point with virtually zero clearance to get a socket on them. Will a thin walled 12 point socket get on these or is there some other thing I need to buy to get these off? I was expecting a normal hex head based on the year down vids I've been watching.
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Old February 9th, 2019, 07:50 PM
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Yes, a thinwall 12 point socket fits these.
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Old February 9th, 2019, 07:55 PM
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I was able to use the regular 12 point socket in my Craftsman tool set.
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Old February 9th, 2019, 08:02 PM
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Originally Posted by Fun71 View Post
I was able to use the regular 12 point socket in my Craftsman tool set.
Hmm my Craftsman socket won't fit between the bolt and cap. Guess I'll look for a thin walled socket.
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Old February 10th, 2019, 06:26 AM
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I was able to use the regular 12 point socket in my Craftsman tool set.
Pretty sure I did the same, maybe the newer Craftsman are thicker.
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Pretty sure I did the same, maybe the newer Craftsman are thicker.
I used a C-man 3/8 drive socket and it just fits.
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FYI I had to go buy a cheap socket set from Harbor Freight. My Craftsman and my cheap Huskys were both too thick.
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