Passionate DIYers love to take care of all home-related problems on their own. However, nothing tests their patience more than a rusted bolt that is not budging at all.  In this article, we will discuss how to loosen rusted bolts easily.

The majority of homeowners lose their patience when they come across a rusted bolt.  They end up making it worse by trying to force it open. If you break a blind stud, it will take you hours to drill out the busted shank on the metal structure.  The best way to remove these bolts is to act calmly and try various methods to loosen the bolt from its place.

Plan Ahead

If you are thinking about how to loosen rusted bolts, it’s best to plan ahead.  Otherwise, you may find yourself short of the right tools. You might need accessories such as a wire brush, WD-40 Multi Use Product, and other tools to loosen the rusted bolt from its place.

Remove the Rust

To start off, you need to remove as much rust as you can, to have a better chance of loosening the bolt. Take a stiff wire brush and rub it vigorously against the bolt to remove the rust. It will take some effort to remove the excess rust.

Use Penetrating Oil

Next, use a penetrating oil like WD-40 Multi Use Product or WD-40 Specialist Fast Release Penetrant. They will dissolve the rust and lubricate the threads simultaneously.  This will make it easier to extract the rusted bolt and reduce the risk of snapping the threads. Be sure to wait a few minutes to allow the oil the time it needs to remove the rust effectively.

If the rusted bolt is located in a tight spot, you would also need to remove obstacles such as brackets and panels.  This ensure that nothing impedes the wrench, and you have sufficient room to remove the rusted bolt.

Use the Right Tools

When you are dealing with rusted bolts, the best tool to displace them is a 6-point socket designed for a traditional hex-head bolt.

Be sure that the socket has been seated completely on the fastener and avoid applying unnecessary force.  Using an impact wrench or a breaker bar might not be the best idea.

Lastly, make sure that you are turning the bolt in the correct direction. To make it easy, you should remember the phrase “Right-Tight, Left-Loose.” By learning it, you will always remember which way you need to turn the rusted bolt to loosen and ultimately remove it.

It’s easy to get frustrated when you come across a rusted bolt, but if you keep your calm and follow the techniques above, you can easily loosen the rusted bolt.