How do I ... Fix crossed threads in hole...

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  1. hawkman71

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    Installing new struts on my 2011 Expedition EL Limited. One of the bolts will not thread in the way it should. If I take bolt to the other side, it does thread in...

    I don't know how it happened but it did. It's a Saturday night. My farming friends have SAE sets but no metric. Lowe's doesn't have them large enough. The socket used on this bolt is a 22mm, I think, but I don't know the bolt diameter. It's very close to a 5/8.

    If the bolt used was a standard 1/4-20 bolt or something, I'd cut a groove on each side of a new bolt and use it to clean out the hole threads. I should mention that tere is no nut but the hole is integral to the hub.
     
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    Sounds like threads are messed up, need to get a metric tap/die set and clean out the one hole. Put a little grease on tap to hold onto any metal.
     
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    Tractor Supply may have larger taps if you have one nearby.
     
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    I struck out so far on finding metric stuff. Local hardware store told me they had metric up to that size. Drove over. Wrong. Nothing close. Woman.

    Tractor Supppy! Good idea. I forgot about them and we have one nearby. Also, Fastenal maybe?

    Thanks, everyone.
     
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    Long shot, run the bolt through from the back side, clean up the threads, then put it on the right way?
     
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    Bought a tap from Fastenal. 16M. Thread count 2. They do not carry metric dies! What's up with that?

    Found a guy who had metric set. He lent me his 16mm die. Everything worked like a charm.
     
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    I bought a metric set from Sears way back in early 70's. Back then I wrenched Japanese motorcycles, so Sae wasn't even needed. Even to this day, I own only about 4-5 Sae taps and dies. These SUVs along with everything from 1985 on is metric threads.

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