Senior Tech Team
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: West Hills California
Re: Ball and socket flange Header
I think the OEM not only uses springs,but the nuts and the threads are some sort of self locking setup.When I found the clamp on my Camaro loose,I thought I could just tighten it up, but it was worn and it ran out of threads.So I figured I would just put some washers under the nuts. Mind you, I had soaked the clamp with penetrating oil before I started.Less than the amount of turns till it bottomed and it was bound up solid.I ended up cutting the clamp off with a high speed and a cutoff wheel.I had to order a new clamp and the threads were not like normal rolled threads.The nuts looked like normal nuts, but they had funny looking threads as well.The threads had some sort of antiseize so I figured it was designed to be installed and never removed.Just my .02
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