Removing dried Loctite?

6 replies to this topic
  • dazzabb

Posted October 04, 2007 - 04:15 AM


Strange question I know, but anyone know if Loctite can be chemically removed / dissolved?

Easy enough to wire brush it from the bolts but what about the captive bolt holes where wirebrushing won't work?

I'm up for a new starter clutch and gear on my WR450 soon and it seems that a few poor punters have had big drama with the 6 bolts coming loose soon after re-assembly, possibly due to threads not being cleaned properly.

I want to avoid those same problems.


  • NavyNuke

Posted October 04, 2007 - 04:31 AM


solvent, run a tap in the hole, both, or a dental pick with a 90 degree bend on the end thats short enough to fit in the hole and scrape the old stuff out. then blast with compressed air to force out

  • frogman

Posted October 04, 2007 - 04:42 AM


Yup, Navy's right, the only way to really get old locktite out is to run a tap down in there. That stuff gets hard as iron.

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  • tmckeown

Posted October 04, 2007 - 04:54 AM


heating up locktite and it will turn up powdery

  • JSanfilippo

Posted October 04, 2007 - 11:29 AM


You can get the nylon wire brush attachment on a dremel and use that to get most of it off.


Posted October 04, 2007 - 06:44 PM


If you are going to chase the threads out with a tap make sure it's a good quality one and not some "poison dogfood/toothpaste, lead contaminated" chinese junk tap. That being said I use taps all the time to clean out the old loctite, etc. Works great.

  • Gadsen

Posted October 04, 2007 - 08:48 PM


I use a small pointed pick fro those pick sets. Even in bolt holes. A flat bottom tap works well also.


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