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oops?! how to remove a broken bolt!?!?!?!?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by mrpoorboy, Oct 2, 2005.

  1. mrpoorboy

    mrpoorboy Registered Member

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    i broke a bolt off reinstalling my valve covers. obviously, i was not paying attention. drivers side off the sb 350, top left. any suggestions on how to remove? any help would be greatly appreciated. thanks
     
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    justhorsinaround 3/4 ton status

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    Drill a hole in the center of the offending bolt and use an easy out. :D
     
  3. FreedomIsntFree

    FreedomIsntFree 1/2 ton status

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    What he said.

    I think an easy out is the same as a screw extractor.
     
  4. big83chevy4x4

    big83chevy4x4 3/4 ton status

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    ive had no luck getting broken valve cover bolts out. they are 1/4" and hard to drill in the center. did it break off flush?

    what i sometimes do if i can't get it out is weld a old wrench or vice grips to the top and unthread it. if there isn't enough room to go all the way around with a wrench, i build up the weld on the top of the bolt and make it like a t and then use a small wrench or pliers.

    with the valve covers, that would be my last choise because of the open springs and such. if you did, take a small damp towel and lay it over the springs and leave enough room to weld.
     
  5. mrpoorboy

    mrpoorboy Registered Member

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    it broke just below flush. went to parts store and bought a couple screw extractors. hopefully that works. if not, off to the machine shop. i have no welder, which lately, has become a problem. thanks for advice.
     

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