Stripped bolt hole

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Jay415
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Stripped bolt hole

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Ok this problem isn't for my tin boat but I received some outstanding help for my other 2 motors on this site. I just recently purchased a 2002 20' center console Proline with a 150HP Mercury Outboard for saltwater use. I was changing the thermostats today which don't look like they've ever been changed. Lots of saltwater corrosion and one of the bolts will not tighten now. I think the hole's threads pulled out with the bolt when I removed it. When I put it back it just got slightly snug then broke free, now it won't tighten at all. #-o What's the best fix for this? Should I just have my Marine Mechanic handle it? I left him a message but he hasn't gotten back to me yet (it's after hours) and I'm impatient! :lol: I won't attempt anything before I speak to him, but I just wanted to get some input from you motor guys.

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