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Old 02-26-2014, 10:03 AM
 
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Ace Hardware. Expensive for single bolts / nuts, but can match up almost anything and have much more selection than any big box hardware or auto stores.
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Old 02-26-2014, 11:59 AM
 
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I went over to Home Depot and picked up a Grade 8 screw and purchased a few extras. I try not to go to mechanics as much as I have in the past. Ford Expeditions, I feel are fairly easy to maintain, with the right instructions. I love my truck ! With the help of this site and youtube , I've changed my spark plugs, fuel filter , oxygen sensors , upper control arm and host of other things. Again thanks.
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Old 02-26-2014, 12:10 PM
 
Location: Central Texas
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I need some assistance. I have a 2000 Ford Expedition, the screw for coil pack #7 is a little stripped at the beginning of the head, and isn't holding down the coil pack. I went to Home Depot and picked up screw a little longer ( #7 is smaller) and it works fine in regards to holding down the coil pack. My question is what grade should the screw be for the coil pack ? thanks.
Unless the bolt head has a marking you can replace it with any standard bolt. Grade 5 carries a mark. Grade 8 carries another. 10 seconds with Google will show you what they look like.

A coil pack needs almost no bolt strength. It is subject to heat, vibration, and moisture but not much else.
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Old 02-26-2014, 04:48 PM
 
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Does Home Depot cut it?

No. Automotive bolts and other hardware is normally special grade not available at HD. I go to either parts store, or to Eagle HW store. AKA Johnson's in my neck. They have entire section of thermally treated high quality nuts and bolts.

Btw, for Pacific NW folks. McLendon's has basically any odd HW piece. They are famous in the area for having "stuff" no one else does.
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Old 02-26-2014, 06:52 PM
 
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The thing to remember is that there are many different nuts/bolts made for many different applications. For simple repairs not requiring factory torque settings you may match up your broken nut/bolt at HD or Lowes but you need to have one to compare it with in every way. For harder to find replacements autozone has a decent selection of many small fasteners made for autos that HD will not have.
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Old 02-26-2014, 08:12 PM
 
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The thing to remember is that there are many different nuts/bolts made for many different applications. For simple repairs not requiring factory torque settings you may match up your broken nut/bolt at HD or Lowes but you need to have one to compare it with in every way. For harder to find replacements autozone has a decent selection of many small fasteners made for autos that HD will not have.
Again, pure BS.

Look, a Grade 5 or 8 marked bolt, or a metric spec bolt with numbers on the end of it signifying the grade is a Grade 5 or 8 marked bolt, or a metric spec bolt with number on the end of it signifying the grade.

You do not get a lesser Grade 5 or 8 bolt at a non-automotive specialist, you get the correct quality of bolt per the spec.

And when you go to an industrial bolt/hardware supplier, they don't know or care what the application is ... be it a critical bolt in your car, a building or structure. What they need to know is the dimensions (which are rarely anything but a standard size) and the Grade, finish, head type (allen, torx, 6-pt, 12-pt, square, captured washer, length of threaded area), etc.

You'll notice that many old-time auto parts stores will have a huge selection of Dorman or other comparable nut and bolt jobbers, supplied by rack jobbers. Yeah, the guys at the parts store don't sit there and put the hardware into inventory and price them out by the piece ... they rely upon a rack jobber who comes into the store on a route, checks the inventory drawer by drawer, and hands the store a sales order to sign off. The parts are ordered, shipped, and then the sales rep comes back to the store and puts the stuff away in the bins. Fastenal is but one such supplier in the industry; route salesmen from many other suppliers do the same thing. In my shop, I had 3 or 4 such reps in my door every month because I favored certain items from one supplier over another ... or sometimes they would have a special on an assortment that I wanted, or a bulk sale promotion that I could justify.

Point here is that AZ has nothing in store that isn't at a Lowe's or many other general merchandise stores. The only time that I had to rely upon special orders from auto hardware suppliers or getting stuff from a dealer was when it was a unique item from a dealer (like a head bolt, many times which could also have been ordered in the aftermarket, too) or some special trim screws or specialty fastener that I used a lot of that was an oddity ... like the long bolts that hold an MB valve cover on, or the odd size nuts that BMW used on exhaust manifolds.
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Old 02-27-2014, 06:05 AM
 
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Omg !!!!
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Old 02-27-2014, 10:01 AM
 
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ACE Hardware.

Get the right grade of bolt/screw and spend about 1/10th of what you would at the $tealer. I picked up a M8x1.25 at ACE, can't remember the length. I was actually surprised they had those. Usually they're better with non-standard American sizing than metric, but they had it in stainless steel. Cost a buck. Cost at the $tealer? $20 and several days for shipping. Better bolt, too. This one won't strip like the cheap crap ones they use.
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Old 02-27-2014, 05:03 PM
 
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People that think torque requirements are BS are often the ones out trying to buy "easy outs" because they have broken off a bolt trying to fix something they have no clue as to how to fix. lol
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Old 02-27-2014, 06:04 PM
 
Location: Central Jersey - Florida
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The only issue I have with Lowes or HD for bolts is the thousand jackwagons that went through the drawers before you and nothing is where it belongs. A 10 minute trip often times turns into an hour.
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