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Tow Hooks Stuck

Discussion in '2.5 Gen Tundras (2014-2021)' started by Chase, Feb 24, 2020.

  1. Feb 24, 2020 at 5:21 PM
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    Chase

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    I took off my front bumper today in order to install a new off road one. I need to take off my tow hooks as well to use the mounts, I used a breaking bar to loosen up one bolt on the first hook but it seemed to just spin after a few turns. The other bolt barely budged and the 2nd tow hook bolt ended up snapping in half while I was unscrewing it.... wth am I supposed to do to get these things off
     
  2. Feb 24, 2020 at 5:34 PM
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    The internal nut that’s welded to the frame broke.

    A cutting torch would work for this issue.
     
  3. Feb 24, 2020 at 5:54 PM
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    Next time you need to do some work on the truck, start spraying any of the bolts with PB blaster or something similar a few days in advance. Not saying it’s the cure-all but it gives you a better chance. Do you live in a state where they salt the roads?
     
  4. Feb 24, 2020 at 5:55 PM
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    No, no salting in Texas.
    Also are you saying I should use a cutting torch to cut the bolts off?
     
  5. Feb 24, 2020 at 6:22 PM
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    My 07 and my 14 hook bolts threaded straight through.......no frame nut......I removed my 07 and 14 tow hook bolts to mount my Ranch Hand twice. :mudding:but......I'll double check tomorrow.....
     
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  6. Feb 24, 2020 at 6:45 PM
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    Yes. You may have to drill out the bolts that snapped.
     
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  7. Feb 24, 2020 at 7:05 PM
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    Would make sense that there are welded frame nuts for the tow hooks too. Didn't think about that. :thumbsup: Crazy for a 15 to have messed up frame nuts like that. My 14 spent most of it's "life" in ND with an unforgiving climate and the hook bolts backed out without a breaker. :monocle:
     
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  8. Feb 24, 2020 at 8:24 PM
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    Same thing happened on one of my front swaybar bolts. The nut welded to the frame broke free and now it just spins with no way to get a wrench or socket on it.
     
  9. Feb 24, 2020 at 8:54 PM
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    Well off to the body shop tomorrow, hopefully they can get the bolts out and tow hooks off. Starting to think someone got trigger happy when tightening the bolts originally.
     
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