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RoldGold 06-12-2013 02:22 PM

Broke the head off the sway bar mount - now what?
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Besides crying, what else can I do? I can't even dream up a way to get the end of this bolt out of the frame rail, besides magic.

MyKeyB 06-12-2013 02:27 PM

E-z out or drill it out and rethread or helicoil?
Magic is probably the best option. :D

xcaliber81 06-12-2013 02:54 PM

I once broke a lug nut in half trying to get it off the jeep the lugs are inset 2 or 3 inches on my wheels and it was very fun getting it off.

HighLonesome 06-12-2013 03:22 PM

I usually break the EZ out off in the hole. Then I got a real problem.

I'd say use the biggest EZ out you can, spray it down with penetrant a few times over time, and then apply heat when you try to work it back and forth slowly.

Sounds almost like sex. :D

RoldGold 06-12-2013 04:37 PM


Originally Posted by HighLonesome (Post 15553168)
Sounds almost like sex. :D

Classy! Haha, but it was a much needed laugh, since I'm kinda torn between an incredible amount of anger, confusion, and sadness. Once I get that GD bolt out, there will be an obscene amount of screaming. Just like sex.

shackwrrr 06-12-2013 09:24 PM

EZ outs are only for stuff that broke because you overtorqued it, they were never designed to remove rusted fasteners.

My suggestion is to drill completely through the bolt with a pilot drill, then up the sizes until you can either pick the remnants out or you can just re thread it.

RoldGold 06-12-2013 09:50 PM

Guess I'll drill it out then. Can anyone tell me what the thread pitch is for the sway bar mounting bracket (where the rear sway bar meets the frame rail)? I have the FSM and exploded parts diagrams but it is only labeled as "bolt". How useful.

Thanks in advance!

EDIT: And for that matter, what is the correct size socket/wrench I should use to remove the other bolts? I was using a 5/8" (I believe) which also stripped the head if you can tell in the picture. So that certainly couldn't have helped.

shackwrrr 06-12-2013 09:56 PM

M8x1.25 bolt with 15mm head. Arount 30-35mm long.

gearheadnick 06-13-2013 03:56 AM

Like most newer cars, most of the nuts and bolts are metric. My poor SAE sockets and wrenches are getting dusty :D

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