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Help! - Frozen trans bellhousing bolt above distance sensor

I am trying to replace the clutch on a 2003 SRT-4. The trans has never been pulled out before. Having a problem with the bellhousing bolt that is on the engine side above the extension housing and distance sensor and screws into the trans casing. It is frozen. I have tried breaker bars with a lot of leverage and an electric impact wrench, and it won't budge. I saw some writeups on pulling the trans referring to this one as the "bitch bolt". Just wondering how others have managed to break this one loose?
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Are you able to get any heat on it? If I remember correctly it is in a pain in the butt location that requires at least one 1/2" or greater breaker bar?

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i would try soaking it with some good penetrating oil and then trying again.


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Thanks. I just have a basic Benzomatic which wasn't any help. Have it soaking overnight and someone coming over with a proper torch tomorrow if that doesn't work.
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The overnight soak and bigger breaker bar on a swivel socket did the trick. Thanks for the suggestions. Got the trans out and ready to put it back in when we ran into a problem with the new release bearing. I purchased the Sachs combo kit from Rockauto that includes the new release bearing. Unfortunately the bearing was just floating around in the package with the clutch, and one of the 2 plastic retaining tabs was broken off of the release bearing during shipping. I'm assuming that the release bearing can't be used without both tabs, or are they just to aid in assembly?
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It will be noisy, it is meant to have the TOB stay with the fork and not move back and forth and not to ride against the pressure plate tangs.
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Might want to put a little anti-seize on those bolt threads for good measure when you re-assemble.
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I was going to suggest that^. Glad you got it loose. If pb blaster or Kroil doesn't work, ATF does. Got my seized coilover collar rings loose.

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Thanks for the tips. I picked up another throwout bearing and put some antiseize on the problem rear housing bolt.
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