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Old 04-09-2012, 09:49 PM   #1
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Stainless steel bolts seizing up ...

Today I learned (the hard way) that stainless steel bolts are finicky. Handle them like normal bolts and you'll end up quite unhappy.

Stainless Steel Galling / Locking Up / Freezing Up


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Old 04-09-2012, 10:37 PM   #2
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Yes like materials will tend to gall when mated. Stainless steel and aluminum are especially susceptible. A drop of blue loctite or some anti-seize compound should kill the likelihood of any problems.

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Old 04-10-2012, 03:54 AM   #3
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Good article Fred. It confirms what I've read elsewhere, that slower rpm was a cure. You can't get much slower than hand tightening. And as Russ suggests there is always loctite. Raz
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Old 04-10-2012, 10:03 AM   #4
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thanks for this tip,,,,would not have known.
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Old 04-10-2012, 08:02 PM   #5
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Most any threaded fittings should be greased to prevent seizing/galling.
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Old 04-10-2012, 09:03 PM   #6
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Yea, I learned that the other day installing a roof rack for my spare tire. Had to hacksaw 2 bolts before I caught on!
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Old 06-19-2013, 11:26 PM   #7
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Use wax door ease (less messy) on your bolts to stop them from seizing and low speed.
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Old 06-20-2013, 08:13 AM   #8
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Work with as and alum every day. First thing I tell the new guys is always use blue licorice or never seize. You might want to take it apart someday. Remember alum will corrode so always use something on the threads.
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Old 06-20-2013, 10:06 AM   #9
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Fastest and easiest Anti seize I use is found in the pharmacy lol Phillips Milk Of Magnesia you might not think so but it works even in high heat applications. We used a lot on bolts and screws as structural repair for the Air Force, even our jet engine troops used it on a lot of bolts that had to be removed often.


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