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vtec solenoid gasket

Hey guys,

While changing this out, one of the three bolts broke. It's the upper bolt, towards the firewall.

I've never had to extract out a broken bolt, so I'm wondering if using a gasket sealer like Hondabond around the outer edge would be ok to prevent oil from leaking. What do you guys think?

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Re: vtec solenoid gasket

don't rig it just get it extracted and install a new bolt..
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no sealant is going to prevent it from leaking oil there is a decent amount of pressure going through that area .. you will deff have to extract that bolt .. if you dont feel you have the skill set to do this right PLEASE PLEASE have someone who dose do it .. effing up the head is a serious issue if you do eff it up gonna be a pain in the ass to fix .. good luck
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no sealant is going to prevent it from leaking oil there is a decent amount of pressure going through that area .. you will deff have to extract that bolt .. if you dont feel you have the skill set to do this right PLEASE PLEASE have someone who dose do it .. effing up the head is a serious issue if you do eff it up gonna be a pain in the ass to fix .. good luck
true. drilling into a coolant jacket would be a costly mistake
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Re: vtec solenoid gasket

Yea many small ma and pa shops can do that stuff for cheap. Got a place out by me they always come out and help me..country folk though. Otherwise it could be a good chance for you get a lesson in removing a broken screw. Here is a pretty good video of how to do it. You can get the tools free from autozone for temp usage..also if you do damage the holes you can use a Tap and Die from autozone as well.. Figured I would share these vidoes..pretty easy process.

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Re: vtec solenoid gasket

I don't really have the confidence to do it myself, since I've never done it before. Is it something that most mechanics can do?

The youtube video makes it look so easy -- should I attempt this myself first? I imagine I would have to remove the air intake pipe and some other things to get enough room to do this.
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Re: vtec solenoid gasket

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I don't really have the confidence to do it myself, since I've never done it before. Is it something that most mechanics can do?

The youtube video makes it look so easy -- should I attempt this myself first? I imagine I would have to remove the air intake pipe and some other things to get enough room to do this.
Yea you would want plenty of space so you get it at a straight angle. Any mechanic should be able to do it for you, they deal with broken bolts, studs, etc. all the time.
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Re: vtec solenoid gasket

yea. If anything just take it slow..i remember i did my first one on a "new" 08 colorado here at the base. just go slowly and double check your work as you go..the best thing is to have self reliance in my own personal opinion. grant it there are things we just don't want to do which is understandable. Sometimes something looks tough till you actually do it.
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Re: vtec solenoid gasket

Better safe then sorry. Dont so sh*t half ass or the cheap way. You'll regret it later on.

go to a shop and have that broken bolt removed to then replace with a new one. Jus bonding the solenoid to cover up will only make matters worse later on.

Take my issue for example as to why not to do "plan B" and stick with "plan A"!

I had a an exhaust leak on my header to downpipe due to worn bolts. So instead of replacing with new bolts I instead had that heat resistant goop in btwn to sub in as a temp gasket. Didnt last too long n endedd up having a loud exhaust sound n leak. After gettin new bolts and adding some "Loctite" glue I now have a nice settle quiet sound from that area!
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Re: vtec solenoid gasket

I can kinda agree with ya psychochimp, but at the same time I think it would be good to encourage our fellow members to push to learn new things to better help themselves down the road. Best time to learn is when the situation comes up.
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Re: vtec solenoid gasket

I'm going to remove everything in the way so I can get at it straight.

I picked up a center punch, a titanium drill bit (1/8"), and a bolt extractor. I'm going to do exactly as the video says, center punch the middle of the bolt, drill slightly into the bolt, use a hammer to tap in the bolt extractor. Hopefully it works. Otherwise, I'll have to go to a mechanic.

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Re: vtec solenoid gasket

when one of my vtec solenoid bolts broke off in the block, i got lucky enough that it actually loosened the piece and just enough of it was sticking out that needle-nose pliers allowed me to just turn and pull the bolt out :S definitely got very lucky

good luck with yours man!
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Good luck man..just remember take it slow..Do not rush the process..Haste makes Waste..
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Re: vtec solenoid gasket

Whew, got that broken bolt out.

I kept thinking of it all day at work, building up the courage to do it when I got home. Took off the solenoid and I see a small nub popping out from the broken bolt. I grabbed it with my vicegrips and turned. I was able to get it out without drilling.

Thanks everyone for your help! This is a great forum!
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