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Rebuilt 08-17-2010 01:32 PM

Rear Axle ( screwed in bolt and broke head)
So i'm putting my rear axle back together and i was screwing in one of the bolts and i guess the thread was bad in that one particular hole. I didn't think much of it and just force screwed it in and the head broke off. :mad: I tried drilling it out.... didnt work. i thought hmm maybe if i screw in another screw it would re thread the hole... nope i broke the second bolt and now im back to square 1 :banghead:

What can i do t save it?

clear lake jeepn 08-17-2010 02:14 PM

was it a high speed carbide bit?? If not...try that.

Rebuilt 08-17-2010 02:19 PM

yea it was. im so frustrated i cant think!! I got a dana 35 in my rear with no lockers just so i can get around but i want my 44 back on so i can go off-road and tear some mountains up

RednekYJ 08-17-2010 02:24 PM

Put some RTV there and call it a day.:punk:

Rebuilt 08-17-2010 02:29 PM

It wont leak or anything with all the 4 wheeling? i was thinking about that but i wasn't sure.

RednekYJ 08-17-2010 03:04 PM

It should hold. As long as the breather on your axle is working I don't see the RTV giving way. I've seen diff covers that need to be hammered off because of all the RTV some goons use. RTV would really be a last ditch effort though. I think you should be able to extract the broken bolt.

Rebuilt 08-17-2010 03:14 PM

how should i try and extract the bolt? i dont want to destry whatever thread is left

ParaCAD 08-17-2010 03:20 PM

something similar to this maybe :)
Theres a few different ones out there

Bolt Extractor

RednekYJ 08-17-2010 03:32 PM

Easyouts is the way to go.

The key to using an easyout/extractor is to drill your first hole STRAIGHT and centered. Use a center punch to make the initial dimple. Use a new bit, low speed, and penetrating oil so you don't burn the bit up.

Rebuilt 08-17-2010 03:33 PM

Why didnt i think of that! awesome ill g buy a set right now

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