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Old 11-26-2010, 01:02 PM
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Busted bolt, need suggestions.

Well this was awhile ago, I attempted to take off my radiator supports to paint them. And they didn't want to be painted. I broke the bolt furthest to the passenger side. Then I tried to easy out it. And I broke off the tip of the easy out bit inside of the broken bolt.

I've been driving with it like that for awhile, and for the life of me I can't think of anything to get both the bolt and the drill tip out of there. Any suggestions?
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Re: Busted bolt, need suggestions.

Drill a new hole and get a nut and bolt? That's what I had to do, all 4 of my rad support bolts broke off.
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Re: Busted bolt, need suggestions.

just drill it out and get a new bolt
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Re: Busted bolt, need suggestions.

Drilling out that easy out will be darn near impossible, even with a high cobalt bit. What I would do, is take a nut with a hold about the size of the bolt, weld a bead around the inside of the nut so it's welded to the bolt. Let that cool completely down and then use a wrench on the nut. The heat from the weld will cause the bolt to shrink a bit smaller than it's original size as the weld cools.
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Drilling out that easy out will be darn near impossible, even with a high cobalt bit. What I would do, is take a nut with a hold about the size of the bolt, weld a bead around the inside of the nut so it's welded to the bolt. Let that cool completely down and then use a wrench on the nut. The heat from the weld will cause the bolt to shrink a bit smaller than it's original size as the weld cools.
I've drilled through countless bolts with regular bits...
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^Same here
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Re: Busted bolt, need suggestions.

Drilling out an easy out is not the same as drilling out a bolt. An easy out is much stronger than your radiator support bolt. Without the bolt being in a press it would be darn near impossible.
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Re: Busted bolt, need suggestions.

Yup. It all depends on the kind of steel you're drilling into. An easy out is a very high carbon steel that's been hardened.
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Re: Busted bolt, need suggestions.

use a burr set from sears its high strength we use it to get broken studs out of the heads at my job works every time ive broken a easy out a few times and thats what i used.i would try this before i drill out new holes
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Re: Busted bolt, need suggestions.

Well thank you to the people who actually read my first post. To reiterate, I broke a bolt head off, then broke an easy out drill bit off inside of said bolt. And yes, they are made of much stronger material than the bolt I originally broke.


I'll definitely have to try the burr set you mentioned flipmode, thank you. The other welding suggestion someone made I'll prolly leave as a last resort, especially since I don't have a welder at my college apartment, I do down here in Jersey though.
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