Chain adjuster bolt FROZEN
Posted April 26, 2005 - 08:07 AM
Posted April 26, 2005 - 12:30 PM
People are often shocked to see how well wax can sometimes work on frozen fasteners and then ask me why it works so well. The first thing that happens is the wax melts with heat and turns into a liquid. Then the liquid wax moves into the tiny nooks & crannys (threads, joints, etc) via capillary action, because of molecular adhesion, which is the phenomena that causes a liquid to overcome the pull of gravity. The heating & cooling cycle helps to break the bond between the two metals and the wax provides lubrication (paraffin wax is heavy hydrocarbon that comes from crude oil) to assist with the removal of the offending nut, bolt, shank, stud, etc. The wax trick does work well in some instances and it's definitely worth a try.
Posted April 26, 2005 - 07:44 PM