How to Remove or Loosen a Rounded Bolt – A Definitive Guide

Lucy Lüse
Lucy Lüse

What is a Rounded Bolt?

Why Rounded Off Bolts and Nuts Happen In The First Place

Preparing the Necessary Equipment


Adjustable Wrench

Pipe Wrench

Flathead Screwdriver

Ratchet and Socket Set

Liquid Wrench or WD-40

Propane Torch (optional)

Rotary Tool (optional)

Bolt Extraction Kit (optional)

Impact Wrench (optional)

Step-By-Step Guide to Loosening a Rounded Bolt

Step 1: Assess the Situation and Gather the Necessary Tools and Supplies

Step 2: Tap on the Rounded Bolt with a Hammer

Step 3: Apply Lubricant for Easy Loosening

Step 4: Attain a Firm Grip with an Adjustable Wrench

Step 5: Gain More Leverage

Step 6: File the Bolt for Better Grip

Step 7: Grind the Bolt if Necessary

Step 8: Use an Impact Wrench as a Last Resort

Key Takeaways

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I Prevent Bolts from Rounding Off in the Future?

Are There Any Risks Involved in Loosening a Rounded Bolt?

What Do I Do if I Still Can’t Loosen the Rounded Bolt?

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