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Unread 06-12-2013, 03:22 PM   #1
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Broke the head off the sway bar mount - now what?

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.

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Unread 06-12-2013, 03:27 PM   #2
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E-z out or drill it out and rethread or helicoil?
Magic is probably the best option.
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Unread 06-12-2013, 03:54 PM   #3
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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.
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Unread 06-12-2013, 04:22 PM   #4
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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.
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Unread 06-12-2013, 05:37 PM   #5
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Sounds almost like sex.
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.
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Unread 06-12-2013, 10:24 PM   #6
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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.
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Unread 06-12-2013, 10:50 PM   #7
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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.
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Unread 06-12-2013, 10:56 PM   #8
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M8x1.25 bolt with 15mm head. Arount 30-35mm long.
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Unread 06-13-2013, 04:56 AM   #9
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Like most newer cars, most of the nuts and bolts are metric. My poor SAE sockets and wrenches are getting dusty
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