Originally Posted by elp_jc
Good point; that's why it's important not to overtorque those bolts. I've always done that by hand with zero problems, and probably end up putting a lot less torque than specified. Dealer put mine pretty tight from the 1.2K service, but I assume was done to spec. And remember to always loosen the bolts by hitting the ratchet with your palm; it's a lot easier to strip bolts with steady force than a quick jolt. Works like a charm
good point. i should keep this in mind next time. my partially stripped bolt was stripped even more after i attempted to loosen it. i was glad that i could even take the bolt off the car. would have been a huge headache if i couldnt since the other bolt was already removed and most of the oil was already drained out of the engine.