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tyborbogdan 06-30-2013 09:56 PM

broken bolt in pinion yoke :S

My strap bolt on my rear pinion yoke was loose so I tightened the bolt all the 15 ft/lbs, last one wasn't tightening to that and then snapped inside the yoke.

My Question:

Can I just drill out the broken bolt and threads and then put a longer bolt through and just put a nut on the end? or will this interfere with anything.

twister4399 06-30-2013 10:37 PM

I snapped one when trying to reuse my bolts when my shaft fell. The bolts are in through holes and if I use a smaller bit running forward you can run it out the back. Parts store carries straps and bolts in a kit for like $4 if I would have known that I would have never reused the old bolts.

cakes567 07-01-2013 12:04 AM

They make bolt extractor bits for a drill. They sell em at lowes. Also you could drill the bolt out. Then just use a tap drill chart and just drill and tap the hole the next size up. That's what I would do if you cant get the bolt out

tyborbogdan 07-01-2013 01:34 AM

found what I'm gonna do, a bit of an upgrade anyway

Rear yoke u-bolt conversion - Jeep Cherokee Forum

twister4399 07-01-2013 10:32 PM

Nice find. Thanks for sharing.

tyborbogdan 07-02-2013 12:38 AM


If you have a dana 35 this will probably not work (looks like a dana 44 in the link), the position of the holes and the ubolt do not line up. This may just be the kit I got ($7.98), anyway, I ended up drilling out the hole bigger and using a longer bolt and nut to secure the original strap. The bolts I bought were the same thread at the original except longer so I replaced all 4. The exception was the one I drilled which is held now with a nut and lock washer.

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