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Old 05-07-2005, 04:11 AM   #1
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Angry Bolt broken off into head! Man!

I was re installing my valve cover after installing a cam belt and I decided to check out the torque rating of the valve cover bolts in the trusty Chilton. I seen 60 and thought, boy.. ive done this a few times and everytime I thought it seemed to much. Sure enough, I put it to 45 lbs and start to torque in a star pattern. On the top middle one right below the throttle body, I hear a SNAP. God I was pissed! Still am.. I am sure its been broken off but didnt extract whats left because I wanted to get to sleep.. Perhaps wake up and have it all been a dream.

Has anyone done this? Did anyone successfuly extract it via an easy-out? Those bolts are so damn tiny.


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Old 05-07-2005, 11:06 AM   #2
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Heres the easy way ... Pull the valve cover back off and with a little luck you will still have some stud sticking up... Then grip it with a GOOD pair of vice grips ( WOW this is actually what vice grips are intended for !! ) and take it out.... If it is flush with the head, repost and I'll tell you the next trick..
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Old 05-07-2005, 12:08 PM   #3
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Hey Amped..If it`s broken flush I have a set of easy outs if viney doesn`t have a better way..I`ll be home sunday in the afternoon.
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Old 05-07-2005, 01:55 PM   #4
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what are easy outs?
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When you're ready to retighten the cylinder head cover (cam/valve cover) bolts, my '04 Ford Shop Manual lists the final torque as 7 Nm, which is about 5 ft-lbs. 60 would be about right for INCH-pounds. With a mix of metric and SAE bolts on many cars, be careful of which scale is being used.
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Sometimes I think a torque is too much. So, I do a double take to see if it was inches instaed of ft.

I will pull it off in an hour or two..

But you know, When it snapped I took off the wrench and jiggled it with my fingers. No play to it. If it had broken off above the head I would of felt some play. Im sure its broken off and still threaded a lil.
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Man, thank god! It didnt break off. Sure the hell sounded like it snapped! Its about to though.. a whole two threads are completely bent to hell. I hope I did no harm to the head.. Im gonna have to get some new bolts to use.

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zslaton, easy outs are like a drill bit designed to remove broken bolts or screws
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They look like a backwards thread screw.. The go in and twist inward pulling the bolt out.. ONLY buy good easy outs cheap ones are USELESS.. Always try another way first if possible
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Old 05-07-2005, 05:12 PM   #10
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Indeed. We once used cheap easy outs to try to remove a head bolt from a 280ZX Datson. Short story, cheap made the problem worse. Machine shop couldnt even remove it. Had to get a new block.

My bolt came out.. Just about broke off, thank god these are grade 8 bolts. I craked two sides of the bolt..
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