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Old 10-02-2004, 09:29 PM   #1
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Default Where on earth can I find an inverse T50 socket?

To change the belts on a 96' SSEi? I've checked out Home Depot, Napa, Autozone, Carquest, Sears, and 2 dealerships (one GM and one Pontiac specific) all to no avail. I don't even care if I have to pay like $30 for the durned thing, I just wanna change my belts already... :(
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I'm missing something here. What the hell do you need a T50 for?
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I'm missing something here. What the hell do you need a T50 for?
To remove the stud from the lower engine mount so he can remove the spacer and replace the belt(*).

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I typed your post subject into google and found this.
http://www.lara.com/cgi-bin/store/co....cgi?oc=BT-T50

I would think you could get one from sears? You would have to use a 5/16" socket to hold it though.
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I have never found torx stuff at sears.. my dad has barely any [he has two of everything.. but a lack in the torx department], because Sears doesn't carry them. I have asked around at the Michigan City and South Bend stores [both somewhat close to me], and none of the people who work there have a clue as to what i'm talking about, except a few, who say they don't have them. I just made a bulk purchase at JCW, although cheap, probably crappy, will probably break soon, but they will hold me over.. hopefully.


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I have never found torx stuff at sears.. my dad has barely any [he has two of everything.. but a lack in the torx department], because Sears doesn't carry them. I have asked around at the Michigan City and South Bend stores [both somewhat close to me], and none of the people who work there have a clue as to what i'm talking about, except a few, who say they don't have them. I just made a bulk purchase at JCW, although cheap, probably crappy, will probably break soon, but they will hold me over.. hopefully.


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Ebay search, 7 Piece Craftsman Torx Bit Sockets NEW.
http://cgi.ebay.ca/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?...326933189&rd=1
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That is all my dad has.. are those the only sizes that are used?


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Wow, thanks for all the replies so quick! Only problem is, it'* an *inverse* torx socket that I need, meaning that the end of the bolt itself (going through the spacer) looks like the bits that you guys put up a few links for. The socket goes around the freakin thing.... yet another GM engineering marvel.

They're just about impossible to find (the sockets), and I guess GM did it solely to add another thing to the list of dealer-specific preventative maintenance (at eye gouging prices).

My car isn't going anywhere right now anyways, because after putting my new EBC rotor on the passenger side, I discovered that whatever shop last worked on my car stripped one of the lugs on the driver'* side front Something tells me that it'll be a bit strange driving with one brand new slotted/dimpled rotor, and another that'* about to die... On that subject, anybody have suggestions for getting that lug off?
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easiest.. is to leave all the other lugs on.. then take some vise grips and get it good and tight on it.. and take a hammer and pound on the vise grip [unless you have monster strength.. and can do without]. The better solution, is to get the stripped bolt kit from craftsman.. but that won't work with the lock nut [the one that needs a special socket]. I haven't had a stripped bolt on the bonneville, but my dad and I had the problem on his 745, they didn't make a large enough size socket for the bolt out kit [I don't know if they do now, this was 2 years ago]. Also, buy the replacement lug.. before you mess with it, that way you aren't driving without one, possibly causing damage.


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That Craftsman thing looks like it would work pretty well (from the website at least). Thanks for the advice Open

Any other ideas on finding one of these freakin' inverse-torx sockets?
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