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Seat Belt Nuts


alan0043

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Hi Everyone,

 

I have been working on my truck. I needed to remove a seat belt from a 2012 VNL 630 on the passenger side of the truck. Guess what happened after 4 or 5 rotations of the ratchet. One got it, the nut broke loose under the cab. Now I have a BIG problem. Do you think that the rest of the nuts will break loose ? I need to remove more seat belt bolts. The nut on the bottom side of the cab is square. An open end wrench does nut like to stay in place for some reason. The seat belt nut is in a channel under the cab. The nut seems to measure 3/4". The next plan is to try to use a 3/4" to 1/2" adapter on a breaker bar. My neighbor is helping me. This has become a two man job. I do not want to use a cut off wheel or grinder inside the cab because of the grinding dust.

 

Open for ideas,

Al

 

 

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Maybe an offset jaw nut splitter? One like this that you could rotate the splitting wedge 90 degrees so it would drop into the channel.

 

On Amazon, something similar should be something available locally.

 

https://smile.amazon.com/OTC-4576-Universal-C-Frame-Splitter/dp/B000KSTCGU/ref=sr_1_35?ie=UTF8&qid=1469547121&sr=8-35&keywords=nut+cracker+tool

 

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I have one of those nut splitters, by K-D tools. It works okay, but a hammer and chisel is faster, and easier to get in tight places.

 

Soak the rest of the nuts with a penetrating oil a couple of hours ahead of trying to loosen. Forget WD-40. It's good for removing chewing gum, and little else.

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The caged nut is no longer caged. Just grind the head off the bolt and install a regular bolt in it's place. These are used to speed production assembly with no concern for future problems. If the nut cannot be accessed, then we go to plan B.

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Hi Everybody,

 

Good news to report. With the help of my neighbor, I was able to get the nut removed. I went under the truck with an open end wrench and was able to get ahold of the nut. The nut is over top of the drive shaft. My neighbor was inside the cab with a breaker bar. We did not want to use an impact gun because of the fear that the nut would slip of the wrench. Now I have a few more bolts to remove. Will start a new thread about bolts with lock tight.

 

Thanks to everyone for their help,

Al

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