If you were to ask any professional about which metal item gets affected by corrosion and rust the most, their unanimous answer will be nuts and bolts.  It’s important to know how to remove broken and rusted bolts as soon as you spot any signs of damage.  Otherwise, nuts can get rusted so much that they meld into their accompanying bolts. If this happens, they will be so bonded into each other that it would be quite impossible to remove them.

Removing Broken and Rusted Bolts

Nuts and bolts which have been exposed to long periods of moisture or humid weather, will form rust quite quickly. This is especially true for home appliances and automobile components.

Sometimes, the nuts and bolts will be degraded to a point that the device they hold together will be on the verge of collapse or won’t be working at all. You’ll also find that it is nearly impossible to remove them because of the rust formations over their metal head.

So what can you do?

1.    Lubricate Them with WD-40

To remove broken and rusted bolts that are stuck in place, an ideal solution is WD-40 Specialist Fast Release Penetrant Spray. When rust makes its way to the threads of nuts and bolts, then there is no better solution than loosening them up with this product.

All you need to do is to apply WD-40 Fast Release Penetrant Spray over the affected nuts and bolts and then tap them lightly using a hammer. Doing so will help the product to creep into the fitting of the nuts and bolts and thereby loosen them.  Make sure you wipe away any excess product and wash your hands after use, if you come into contact with the product.

2.    Cutting

If you find that the bolt has been so severely rusted that there is no way to salvage it, then you will have to cut it out. Doing so, however, will make these nuts and bolts unusable and you will simply have to throw them away.

All you will need to do here is to use clamps to get a grip of the fasteners head. Then, begin twisting so hard that they get freed from their position.

3.    Torching

Another method to remove broken and rusted bolts is to use a heat torch to moderately heat them. The heat will cause the rusted nuts and bolts to expand which will, in turn, loosen them.

Be very careful while doing this.  A lot of lubricant products are flammable and will ignite if they get exposed to flame. Take precautions by using protective gloves and goggles.