Time to sell the MP5 - Thank you so much for everything

Well, it's time for me to say goodbye to the Protege5.

What started as a 'let's buy a cheap beater to teach my wife how to drive for the summer' turned into my daily driver for the past 4 years. No longer having a garage and no space for a three cars - it's time to sell what my family affectionately calls 'the rust bucket'.

I wouldn't have been able to keep the car running as long as I have without everyone's help here. I also want to thank pcb for this wealth of information for all protege5 related information.

Thank you all. I will and continue to get excited every time I see a p5 on the road (even if their respective owners doesn't share the same excitement as I do)
 

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I also want to thank pcb for this wealth of information for all protege5 related information.

Your welcome.
Most of my automotive experience is related to rust.
Working on a rusty turd sure sucks the fun out of working on cars.

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There's not much satisfaction in putting a shiny new part on a rusty car. 😂


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That is a shocking amount of rust that you're battling. What do you do to get them to come off without snapping the bolts/joints
 
That is a shocking amount of rust that you're battling.

I gave up the battle two years ago, and no longer drive.
I ride an ebike now. 😂

What do you do to get them to come off without snapping the bolts/joints

Heat works the best, but you don't want to start your car on fire. 😂

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I'd use penetrating oil and let it soak for a day or so. Six point sockets with a 2 foot long breaker bar make a huge difference too, but the smaller bolts break more easily.
I snapped a small bolt off my rear strut that held my speed sensor wire. I had to drill and tap a new hole.

Check out this nut/bolt? on my heat shield. 😂


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Does an impact wrench help with rusty bolts, or do they just sheer the bolt off? I have zero experience with rust (knock wood).
 
Well, you can still stick around and read about the "fun" we have with ours. Pass along the forum to the new buyers!
 
Does an impact wrench help with rusty bolts, or do they just sheer the bolt off? I have zero experience with rust (knock wood).

I've never really used an impact wrench, so I can't say for sure.
I never got into air tools but I did have an electric impact wrench.
It was supposed to good to 250 foot pounds but it couldn't even undo my lug nuts, so I got rid of it.

I just used a breaker bar and 6 point sockets.

I had to use a ¾" drive ratchet with a 4 foot extension on the handle and jump on it to get my axle nuts off.
I ended up breaking a ¾"- ½" adapter so I had to buy a ¾" drive socket.

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Drilling a starter hole then using a self tapping screw/bolt saved me a few times,..

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The smaller bolts and screws were the worst for breaking

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Impact hammer came in handy a few times,..

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