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Old 07-17-2023, 08:53 PM #1
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Unhappy SR5 Running Board Cover Removal

Trying to remove the running board covers on my 3rd gen SR5 but the nuts are seized and the bolt is just spinning on the spot. Any recommendations on how I can get just the cover off the running boards?
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Get it glowing hot and hit it with an impact gun. If it still spins, the trusty ol angle grinder should help
This is one of those times those handheld induction heaters would work great, but I'm assuming you're a normal person and don't have one already
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One problem I never solved. Ended up just trashing the running boards and never regretted it.
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Get it glowing hot and hit it with an impact gun. If it still spins, the trusty ol angle grinder should help
This is one of those times those handheld induction heaters would work great, but I'm assuming you're a normal person and don't have one already
I think Iím gonna try to get at it with a flat metal chisel since I donít have a grinder. The bolt is spinning in place so I donít think heat and gun will do any good.
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The "bolt" that holds on those end caps is molded into the plastic of the cap. If it is spinning in there, your only solution is to just rip the cap off at this point, sadly.

A nut breaker/cutter may also work if there is clearance.

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your bolt look pristine compared to mine when I removed that board.

Anyway, like phattyduck said, I had to pull them appart, remove the old bolts then if I remember well.

Then for years they held with a blob of urethane under the board, then last time I removed them, I drilled holes on the sides and now they're held with stainless steel bolts for ease of removal

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