Here's What The Pros Do

Two tips to upgrade your bolt removing power:

Pro Tip 1:  Use Pliers & A Hammer With Your GO-2

Severely damaged bolt heads have uneven wear, which can make it a challenge even for the GO-2 Socket to find the ‘best’ place for it to 'sink in' and grip.  Here’s how you can help the situation.  

  • Step 1:  Take the GO-2 Socket, without the ratchet attached

  • Step 2:  Place it onto the bolt head and hand-tighten until you can’t hand-tighten the black set screw anymore

  • Step 3:  Then try 'wiggling' the socket, trying to turn it left and right to see if you can dislodge the GO-2's grip on the bolt.  
    • You'll know that you have achieved a decent grip when you can't dislodge the socket by 'wiggling' using your hand.
    • So basically, wiggle by hand, and re-tighten when needed, until you determine that you've found a decent spot where the socket gets ‘stuck’ pretty well

  • Step 4:  Then take a hammer and pound the socket deeper onto the bolt head (strike about 3 to 5 times)
    • This will cause the GO-2 Socket to ‘sink in’ to a better position than it was before.
    • Then try to hand tighten the black knob again
    • If you were indeed able to hand-tighten the black knob after hammering, don't worry, just repeat steps 3 and 4 until you get the socket secured onto the bolt so well that you can't hand-tighten anymore after hammering.
  • Step 5:  Once you can’t hand-tighten, move on to step 6.

  • Step 6:  Now get pliers and use them to tighten the black knob
    • Rule of Thumb:  Try to at least get 2 to 3 quarter turns on the black knob using the pliers

  • Step 7:  Then take your hammer and strike 3 to 5 more times… ( Basically you're doing this to see if you can get the socket to ‘sink in’ even more...)

  • Step 8:  Then use pliers and tighten the black knob even more, if possible.
    • Try to at least get another 1 or 2 quarter turns again, if you can
    • Repeat steps 7 and 8 until you cannot tighten by pliers any more

  • Step 9:  Now we're ready to go... insert your ratchet wrench into the socket and try to turn that bolt head.
    • That bolt should be on it’s way OUT.
    • BUT if you notice the socket begins slipping off of the bolt, that usually means there was a better position for it to ’sink in’ to.
    • If this happens, turn the socket gently until you feel it find a place where it seems it wants to stop
    • Then take out your ratchet, leaving the socket on the bolt
    • Repeat steps 7 and 8 and try again.
    • Remember, the more you get the GO-2 Socket to sink in to the optimal position on that damaged bolt, the better your chances of success.

Pro Tip 2:  Also Use A Penetrating Oil To Help Free The Bolt

  • Below are two different types you can use (neither of which are affiliated with us at all)
    • Blaster PB Penetrating Catalyst (also known as PB Blaster)
    • Liquid Wrench Penetrating Oil

 

Extreme Case Study:  Not Recommended For Most Users

One of our customers shared the below experience with us.  We share it with you, but also caution readers that there are definite risks involved in the creative approach he used.

Kris writes:

I just wanted to write and say the GO2 Socket is awesome! I snapped the head off a 5/8 inch bolt in my hitch, but was able to remove the rusted shaft as I had access to the back threaded side of the bolt. I wasn't able to move the bolt at first because the socket could only flatten the threads. I took a file and made flat spots and the socket started immediately with some pb blaster!

 

 

And finally, Remember, you can always reach out to us:  customercare@trustymax.com