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Hey guys today I finally got my Whoosh FMIC. As I was trying to take out the OEM intercooler one of the intercooler bracket bolts on the hot-side was rusted and then started to strip. Any advice? I used penetrator fluid and now have been trying to use pliers and vice grips to no success.

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Hey guys today I finally got my Whoosh FMIC. As I was trying to take out the OEM intercooler one of the intercooler bracket bolts on the hot-side was rusted and then started to strip. Any advice? I used penetrator fluid and now have been trying to use pliers and vice grips to no success.

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Soak it down good and try again tomorrow; sometimes it takes a bit to get good pentration.
 

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Thanks @ddfred. @TurboGT I was reading another one of your posts about turbo sockets. The problem is there is a bar right underneath it. I’m not sure I could line it up correctly and also fit a power tool in there.
 

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Thanks @ddfred. @TurboGT I was reading another one of your posts about turbo sockets. The problem is there is a bar right underneath it. I’m not sure I could line it up correctly and also fit a power tool in there.
Theyll bite on an angle. Do NOT use a power tool on any rounded fastener. It requires some finesse, use them by hand. I have a couple sets, they're A life saver!
 

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Hey guys today I finally got my Whoosh FMIC.
Did you get one of the last silvers? I settled for black. I chose something over waiting.

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Do NOT use 12 point sockets or wrenches on anthing but a brand new fastener. Make sure you're using a 6 point on it, and that it fits well. This will cut down on a lot of rounded heads. I usually snap the head off before I round it with my set of 6 points.

It's probably already rounded, so a socket like @TurboGT posted can potentially work. Worst case, cut the head off with a cutoff wheel and use an easy out to get the rest of the bolt out.
 

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Also, if you try an extractor socket, out some heat on the area around the bolt to help it out. Try tj keep the heat away from the bolt, you want the surrounding metal to expand, and not the bolt.
 

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Also, if you try an extractor socket, out some heat on the area around the bolt to help it out. Try tj keep the heat away from the bolt, you want the surrounding metal to expand, and not the bolt.
They cant put heat there, its the plastic tab that the intercooler sits on. It will melt.
 

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So I used those turbo sockets, it made it turn, but now it’s only turning and not coming out. Above the metal is metal bushing of sorts that’s rusty over but still is solid. I’m not sure what I should do.

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that’s the none rusted bolt from the top from the cold side bolt.

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This is the top of the rounded out bolt on the hot-side. It seems pretty rusted and that top metal part seems to spin with the bolt. I tried prying on the metal on top to keep it from spinning with the bolt but it still seems to not work.

Any suggestions on what to do next would be appreciated. I have been doing this for over 9 hours.
 

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Support the intercooler/condenser/radiator andTake that radiator support totally off the car (4 bolts hold it on)
Get a cutoff wheel in there and slice the bolt head off a little at a time. Cut some, spray with water (as to not melt the plastic tab). Cut more, spray with water.
 
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I believe that is the exact bolt I had to drill out during my FMIC install.
Drill it out, take the other good bolt to a hardware store, buy some decent nuts and bolts. Done.
 

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So I used those turbo sockets, it made it turn, but now it’s only turning and not coming out. Above the metal is metal bushing of sorts that’s rusty over but still is solid. I’m not sure what I should do.

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that’s the none rusted bolt from the top.

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This is the top of the rounded out bolt. It seems pretty rusted and that top metal part seems to spin with the bolt. I tried prying on the metal on top to keep it from spinning with the bolt but it still seems to not work.

Any suggestions on what to do next would be appreciated. I have been doing this for over 9 hours.
I believe that is the exact bolt I had to drill out during my FMIC install.
Drill it out, take the other good bolt to a hardware store, buy some decent nuts and bolts. Done.
How did you drill it out? I can’t seem to penetrate the head. It’s not digging in at all…
 

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Mission accomplished guys! This is why we are the best car community!!! I was able to drill into it and then pry it out…had to saw off the Bracket off the OEM FMIC.

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This is the end result of the bolt.

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This is what’s left of the bracket on the car. It’s messed up but still can hold the bracket of the new intercooler.
 
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