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NateD 10-21-2010 05:47 PM

Snapped a bolt...
 
Its on the back of my valve cover, snapped about 2 or 3 cm off and the head, is whats left of this bolt still keeping my valve cover sealed tightly:confused:
ill have pictures tonight, gotta go to math class..

Garyk 10-21-2010 06:29 PM

No

chensley 10-21-2010 07:38 PM

sucks.

wasomma 10-21-2010 08:15 PM

that blows dude you might have to drill it out

NateD 10-21-2010 08:56 PM

well i ran the engine for a few second to see if it starts, it seems to be running better then before the gasket swich/clean, oh and i stuck a crewdriver i where the bolts snapped and the broken part is poking out.
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The bolts, normal and broke.

NateD 10-21-2010 08:57 PM

damn torque wrench :/

markharmon 10-22-2010 08:02 AM

My mechanic showed me a trick that might work. If you have enough of the bolt sticking up you can slide or screw a nut on it and weld nut to broken bolt. If you can, then you have a surface to grab with a wrench and extract the bolt. Just be careful of heat and any metal in area.

NateD 10-22-2010 11:22 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by markharmon (Post 834587)
My mechanic showed me a trick that might work. If you have enough of the bolt sticking up you can slide or screw a nut on it and weld nut to broken bolt. If you can, then you have a surface to grab with a wrench and extract the bolt. Just be careful of heat and any metal in area.

I almost have enough room to weld that head back on.. so just weld another bolt to the top eh? sounds a lot better then having to drill that crap out . Just hope the weld doesn't snap..

Thanks:D

Garyk 10-22-2010 04:52 PM

If you take the valve cover back off you should have enough thread to get it out.
The proper torque on those is around 55 inch pounds which is about 6 foot pounds. I just snug them by hand, too tight and you squeeze the gasket or RTV out..Don't weld a bolt, spot weld a nut...

NateD 10-22-2010 05:31 PM

well the valve cover is stuck on that broken bolt, and i don have room to turn it, so off to lowes for a tap and die

minigfather 10-22-2010 10:10 PM

if the head snapped off then i dont see why the valve cover wouldnt just lift off?

Garyk 10-23-2010 05:00 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by minigfather (Post 835769)
if the head snapped off then i dont see why the valve cover wouldnt just lift off?

I agree , if the head is snapped off the bolt, the cover should come up. It may be stuck because of the RTV(if you use it) I know I have a helluva time getting the cover off, takes a while being careful not to damage the cover or gasket surface. Did you try prying lightly near the bolt to see if the cover would lift off. Sometimes you have to run a sharp blade under the cover to break the RTV seal.

markharmon 10-23-2010 08:23 PM

Use nut welded to bolt not another bolt.

minigfather 10-23-2010 08:58 PM

yeah...def just weld a nut if to the top of it. but for best results i would try to get the cover off 1st then mess with what left of the bolt. maybe some light taps from a rubber mallet or a light dead blow hammer will knock it loose...GL w/ it...


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