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Re: renault rear bolt stripping

The distortion of the bolt could also be due to stretching.

The car is pretty old now and if they are the factory fitted bolts, they'll have been in/out a fair few times over the years.
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Re: renault rear bolt stripping

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I dont know if they are the same two bolts, i didnt pay attention.

I removed the bolt in question(the one that stripped the second time) and the threads came out with it(as i expected). I have attached some pictures. It seems like the outer end flares out a little bit. I measured it with a caliper and it seems like the outer end is half a milimiter more in diameter.(I have noticed it in other bolts, but i thought it was just an illusion). Do you think that it might have caused the stripping? How can something like this happen?

Also, i assume the front and rear bolts are interchangable, right?
Damn, that bolt is OUT OF SHAPE!

Needs renewing that mate.
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Re: renault rear bolt stripping

Hi all been reading this post with interest,what do you do if you get a puncture? do you carry a torque wrench in the car.last time I had to change a wheel I had a big struggle to get the bolts out after garage had fitted them and they went back foot tight lol
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Re: renault rear bolt stripping

Thank you all for your advice.

I replaced the rear bolts(I only ordered 8) and the ones i removed werent as bad as the one you saw.(It was pretty much the worst one) .I also put a little copper grease on the bolts .However, i couldnt find a suitable tap for the threads, so i will try to order it online. It is M12x1.5 right?
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Re: renault rear bolt stripping

You could try the old engineers trick for cleaning out threaded holes. Take a suitable bolt (with good threads and not one of the wheel bolts) cut a couple of hack-saw slot vertically at right angles to the thread - run the bolt in an out numerous times using WD40 or similar - clean the hacksaw slot each tinme you remove the bolt. The slot acts a collection area for any rust or gunge. Not the perfect answer but it may help.
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