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Old 06-02-2009, 09:42 PM
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Angry Snapped Valve Cover Bolt

So, i snapped one of the bolts on the valve cover while re-installing the bolt. The bolt is inside the hole so it isnt flush with the head. I'm guesing im going to have to drill it out and use "easy out." These bolts are pretty small, so was wondering if there are any other options? And if anyone else has any experiance let me kno, Thanks.
 
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Old 06-02-2009, 10:05 PM
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To be totally honest, if you aren't already good at removing broken bolts I suggest you take it to a mechanic. 40 bucks will do it. But if you do attempt, make sure NO metal shavings get in the head. And when you put the vc back on TORQUE the bolts to spec, don't just tighten to your discretion.
 
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Old 06-02-2009, 10:17 PM
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^ditto

all i have to say, is that I have 3 different torque wrenches, and another specialized torque wrench.
 
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one broke on me too and oil spilled everywhere but the way i had to get it out is drill and use something made for takin broken bolts out. some random tool my dad had. just do not get any metal shavings in there.
 
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Old 06-02-2009, 10:31 PM
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Originally Posted by 96 Civic DX View Post
one broke on me too and oil spilled everywhere but the way i had to get it out is drill and use something made for takin broken bolts out. some random tool my dad had. just do not get any metal shavings in there.
I think you're referring to a bolt extractor:

 
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Old 06-02-2009, 11:00 PM
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i did use a torque wrench haah

anyways my friend is gunna do it for me tomorrow
 

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yea ej6buddy thats what it looks like
 
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Old 06-04-2009, 03:07 PM
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ok, well my buddy bailed on me has to work so I want to try and tackle this myself. So if understand correctly you have to get the correct bit and drill into the broken bolt enough to get the "easy out" in it our the bolt extractor in it so the bolt can be removed. Is it really that hard? doesnt sound like?
 
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Old 06-04-2009, 04:01 PM
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its not really hard but you have to be sure that you drill the center of the bolt!!!!!! if you go to the side you risk drilling out the threads or into the head.
i havent snapped any vc bolts before. i always just use a 1/4inch ratchet and tighten with just one hand palming it on the head of the ratchet.

one thing you MIGHT be able to try is if you have a dremel and the bolt is close to the top either use a disk or a tiny drill on it and try to cut a straight line across it so you can try to use a flat screw driver to rotate it out that way...
ive done it that way before on some small bolts but all depends how deep the bolt is snapped if you can or not.
 
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Old 06-04-2009, 07:40 PM
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Originally Posted by addiction2bass View Post
its not really hard but you have to be sure that you drill the center of the bolt!!!!!! if you go to the side you risk drilling out the threads or into the head.
i havent snapped any vc bolts before. i always just use a 1/4inch ratchet and tighten with just one hand palming it on the head of the ratchet.

one thing you MIGHT be able to try is if you have a dremel and the bolt is close to the top either use a disk or a tiny drill on it and try to cut a straight line across it so you can try to use a flat screw driver to rotate it out that way...
ive done it that way before on some small bolts but all depends how deep the bolt is snapped if you can or not.
ill give that second idea a try, the way it broke was one side was a little higher so i might be able to rig something. Thanks!
 
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