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    My bugeye is cursed :(

    I have broken more bolts on my car than I have fingers and toes. Unfortunately, this one is the worst...

    Today, I was taking off the stock brackets to replace my steering rack bushings. I had used PB blaster on the bolts overnight and a lot this morning. Using a 16 inch breaker bar, I was able to break loose 3 out of the 4 bolts holding the brackets. The 4th bolt, however, sheered right at the head. I successfully drilled the bolt, but can't separate the thread from the bolt metal. Looks like I'm going to have to pull out my tap and die set Anyone have any ideas before I resort to tapping a new thread?

    Also, does anyone know what the original thread is on these bolts?
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    I am sort of confused on your situation but I always suggest a lot of heat in these situations. Have you tried to heat of the bolt yet?
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    If you can't break a bolt that size loose with a smaller wrench, then the breaker bar is pretty likely to shear it. You need to invest in an impact wrench.
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    Quote Originally Posted by teflon_jones View Post
    If you can't break a bolt that size loose with a smaller wrench, then the breaker bar is pretty likely to shear it. You need to invest in an impact wrench.
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    + 1 on heat that always is a big help,...

    one idea my brother(a mechanical genius) does if you have the avl to do, he hat this lil T lookin thing and before tapping w/ the drilled hole , weld that lil T inside, heat then turn, to me it always looks like childs play when he does it and turns like butter, each time im amazed... lol good luck

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    Ouch... that sucks... if its cursed run some distilled holy water through the cooling system and when your trying to undo things shout "the power of christ compells you"
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    Quote Originally Posted by oguitar View Post
    I am sort of confused on your situation but I always suggest a lot of heat in these situations. Have you tried to heat of the bolt yet?
    heat and harmonics.. use penetrant (as you have) .. get it hot (cherry if you can) .. and a lil tapppy tap tap (or a impact wrench on a really low setting .. sized according to bolt size)

    Between the heat/penetrant/vibration they usually come loose pretty easy.

    Aside of my yota and the wrx (the only "new" cars I've ever owned) I'm used to working on old rusty stuff.. the merkur was a 86, my old jeep was a 85 and my first scoobie was a 88. All northern "seen many winters" vehicles. I broke one bolt on the jeep, and later realized that a po had welded the back side of it to stop it backing out.. so even then, not completely my fault. Never broke any on the merkur and that sucker was RUSTY underneath. Had every inch of that car apart and back together.

    Just use those three ingredients and you'll not break a bolt again. .. well, hopefully not lol.

    Quote Originally Posted by teflon_jones View Post
    If you can't break a bolt that size loose with a smaller wrench, then the breaker bar is pretty likely to shear it. You need to invest in an impact wrench.
    YES.. another thing I forgot to mention is to attempt to use the smallest tool possible to do the job and work your way up. I know guys that always use the mammoth wrench or bar first for med/small stuff and wonder why it always breaks. ... meanwhile I'll start with 1/4" for small stuff and usually 3/8" for med to light larger stuff. I'll only use 1/2" tools for big stuff and the advice on the impact wrench is spot on.

    Remember also that you dont need air for an impact wrench (though air ones are much cheaper) .. there are electric/battery powered ones that work just as well. Pricey but functional. A 1/2" variable unit should cover every car need you'll ever have.
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    I share that same curse. I break bolts all the time. And I'm still new to this "rust" thing to make it worse.

    My car's curse has returned as well.

    -Squeaky belt that's been adjusted twice so far
    -Suddenly running so rich that raw fuel is coming out of my exhaust.

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    Rust BLOWS .. dude I am SO happy to work on a car that doesn't have rust. I'll be very sad when it starts to develop it. All cars do.. my beloved 2010 will be no different given 4-5 years from now worth of all season driving.

    OH, Zack.. another thing that helps with broken bolts.. reverse cut drill bits. It sounds nutty but they work very similar to a easy out but dont have the same tendency to break off in the hole.
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    I got tired of the squeeks, high miles, headaches trying to do simple things, and the overpricing of parts for my bugeye and traded it. On topic though, if you cant get it with either an adjustable socket and a hammer, use an impact. I was lucky enough that where I did all the work to my car (at work) I had access to any size bolt or nut I needed. I love being a lift mechanic, 2 or 4 post hydraulic lifts make anything to do with suspenion or exhaust 10x easier. Sorry to hear about your bolt situation.
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    Alright all, forgot to give an update. drilled and tapped the hole to 3/8" and ironically during the tapping process the original bolt separated from the original thread and I was able to use the stock hardware. Disaster averted!

    But I am sick of this occurring whenever I perform any work on my car. I'm thinking of just dropping the cash and purchasing a Dewalt electric impact wrench
    http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs/...66&marketID=34

    I'd like to invest in air tools, but can't really store the compressor anywhere seeing as how I live in an apartment, and since I live on the 4th floor, I don't have access to any electrical outlets... thoughts?
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    Quote Originally Posted by zax View Post
    Alright all, forgot to give an update. drilled and tapped the hole to 3/8" and ironically during the tapping process the original bolt separated from the original thread and I was able to use the stock hardware. Disaster averted!

    But I am sick of this occurring whenever I perform any work on my car. I'm thinking of just dropping the cash and purchasing a Dewalt electric impact wrench
    http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs/...66&marketID=34

    I'd like to invest in air tools, but can't really store the compressor anywhere seeing as how I live in an apartment, and since I live on the 4th floor, I don't have access to any electrical outlets... thoughts?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trainrex View Post
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    I want. But they are almost twice the price of the Dewalt...
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    I want. But they are almost twice the price of the Dewalt...
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