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Old 05-20-2015, 07:53 PM   #1
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Anode rod

Im putting in a new anode rod and it feels like its cross threading. This is the first time putting one in. I bought camper last year.am I missing a trick so it threads on smooth by hand then use ratchet.?
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Old 05-20-2015, 08:10 PM   #2
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Run a tap back into the threads to clean up the lead of the thread.
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Old 05-20-2015, 08:15 PM   #3
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When I had my suburban, I recall a socket wrench was required to remove and install most all of the thread length. If the anode rod had been in for some time, the threaded area gets corroded. try a small wire brush on the threads , but be careful not to get pieces of the brush in the WH.
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Old 05-20-2015, 08:36 PM   #4
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Agree with both. My 2015 hw276 was hard to start by hand (about 2 threads) but then yes you'll need a ratchet. 1 1/6 socket. Make sure not to cross thread it. I would never start a thread with a tool on cars I use a pc of rubber tube to start spark plugs not sure you can find any rubber tubing to fit but that would give you something. I have small hands and it was hard to get it started. Good luck.
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Old 05-20-2015, 08:36 PM   #5
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Btw make sure to use plumbers tape on the threads
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Old 05-20-2015, 08:54 PM   #6
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This is my 8th year installing the anode rod and every time has been a struggle. Worst is when I've installed a used one with plenty of life left. The material initially deteriorates at the bolt head making the rod even more out of balance. This year was a little easier than prior years so maybe I'm getting the hang of it.
And why 1 1/16? They couldn't do an even inch so there would be a chance I already owned the correct socket?
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Old 05-20-2015, 09:12 PM   #7
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Why wouldn't they just make it were it would be easier to install. I know you have to start it by hand it just turns mabe 1 thread then stops.
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Then I put the wrench on it and it wouldn't move. Didnt want to cross thread it. This is b.s. haha. Really?? Thanks for all the reply. Really appreciate it.
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Old 05-20-2015, 09:34 PM   #9
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Many socket sets only include sockets up to 1 inch. If you need a 1 1/16 inch socket for the anode rod, a 27 mm socket fits perfectly. 1 1/16 inches = 26.9875 mm

Harbor Freight sells a single 27 mm socket for $4.39
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Old 05-20-2015, 09:40 PM   #10
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lowes sells the 1 1/16 for around 6.00. i like the hf price better . my quetion it why under/behind the gas tube?
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