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    Grate Bolt Loose, ADVICE PLEASE!!!

    Hey guys,
    We were trying to remove the intake grate the other day in order to remove a small wood chip from the pump. While loosening the bolts, my son noticed one of them was turning freely but not coming out. This one bolt backed out a little but then it just spun. We managed to remove the chip without removing the grate, and all the other bolts were put back in properly. Now this loose one was put back in but it's not really grabbing, it's just kinda holding with friction (?) I'm not sure why this happened, but it has me a little concerned, I don't want to lose the grate or get tossed. Ski is still under extended warranty. Maybe add some thread locker or something? So what do you think, is this cause for concern and if so, how would you resolve it...


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    One of your inserts is spinning in the pump shoe. You will need to remove the grate and the insert and glue the insert back in the pump shoe with some good epoxy. After the epoxy dries you can reinstall the grate. Be carefull not to get any epoxy in the threads..
    To remove the grate you will need to remove all of the bolts eccept the one that is spinning and the one that is spinning should just pull straight out with the insert.

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    Thanks, that sounds like a possible PIA but I better deal with it I guess.
    I hope that insert is easy to get out like you're suggesting.
    Three more Q's:
    1. What happens if I don't bother, I guess the grate could come off eh?
    2. Is this a warranty issue?
    3. What is the best brand of epoxy for this?

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    I think I found the answer to number 1:
    http://greenhulk.net/forums/showthre...78#post1044578

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    never mind i c u have rxt

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    Intake grate bolts have Locktite on them from the factory. Some have success heating each bolt with a small soldering iron to lossen the Loctite. Once the bolt breaks or the insert turns, it's another story... Ron

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    Remember when removing these bolts it's always best to use a impack tool either air powered or electric but please remember to double check and make sure of the direction it's turnng before use LOL

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    Need to apply some heat first. I wouldn't use an impact wrench but don't use constant pressure. I like to tap (hit) the ratchet with my palm to lossen them up.

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    When you glue the insert back in put the intake grate back on immediatly and use the rear bolt in the rideplate to hold it in place then carefully thread a bolt into the repaired one to be sure it lines up properly but don't tighten it.

    These stupid inserts are most of the reason why i haven't ridden in over a year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 01xdime View Post
    When you glue the insert back in put the intake grate back on immediatly and use the rear bolt in the rideplate to hold it in place then carefully thread a bolt into the repaired one to be sure it lines up properly but don't tighten it.
    Okay thanks.
    So what you're saying is replace the bolt BEFORE the epoxy dries?

    But hold on, if you don't tighten it then why not leave it like it is right now... it's in there but it's not tight, so what's the difference? Do you think the insert will come out if I leave it as is?

    Quote Originally Posted by 01xdime View Post
    These stupid inserts are most of the reason why i haven't ridden in over a year.
    WTH? so you're really having trouble fixing this problem, can you elaborate?
    Maybe I should let the dealer fix it?

    Also no one has answered questions 2 & 3...

    2. Is this a warranty issue?
    3. What is the best brand of epoxy for this?

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