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post #1 of 9 Old 03-15-2011, 07:43 PM Thread Starter
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Broke off tap in head......crap

While installing my new aluminum valve cover I bottomed out a tap in the unthreaded holes in the head and broke it off about 1/4 below the surface. Anyone have any ideas or tricks for removal????

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post #2 of 9 Old 03-15-2011, 07:46 PM
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Are you sure you're from Luck? Wish I could help you, but all I have is sympathy. I busted a main cap bolt in the block while changing out my rear main seal last year. Fumed for about a week before I got a reverse bit, EZ-out, and a six pack. Started with the reverse bit and the darn thing was loose the whole time. Spun it out with my pinky finger.

Just keep in mind: things are never as bad as they seem. These are jeeps, built by man and any problems you come across can be solved by man - even you! Best of luck.
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post #3 of 9 Old 03-15-2011, 08:00 PM
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Try using 2 pin punches in the openings in the tap as a handle to back it out. You can put a wrench on the 2 punches to help turn them. If that doesn't work, use one of the pin punches to drive it around and back it out. Use plenty of lube. Good luck.

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post #4 of 9 Old 03-15-2011, 08:05 PM
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I have used removers similar to these with better than average results:
http://www.newmantools.com/walton/extrtap.htm

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post #5 of 9 Old 03-15-2011, 08:33 PM
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Damn that sucks. Your tapping threads for a valve cover so it's probably a really small tap. Try fitting some thin needle nose pliers into the "tap openings" then twist it out with pliers?

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Are you sure you're from Luck? Wish I could help you, but all I have is sympathy. I busted a main cap bolt in the block while changing out my rear main seal last year. Fumed for about a week before I got a reverse bit, EZ-out, and a six pack. Started with the reverse bit and the darn thing was loose the whole time. Spun it out with my pinky finger.

Just keep in mind: things are never as bad as they seem. These are jeeps, built by man and any problems you come across can be solved by man - even you! Best of luck.
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Just keep in mind: things are never as bad as they seem. These are jeeps, built by man and any problems you come across can be solved by man - even you! Best of luck.
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I use one of them little spring loaded center punches with good results and have also use one of them vibrating engraving tools on little bolts
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I tell myself that every time I muck something up. Which happens with some frequency. Yet somehow she still starts up in the morning.
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post #9 of 9 Old 03-15-2011, 10:10 PM Thread Starter
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Success!!!!!

Thanks everyone for the replies, I got it out. Ended up using a Snap-on "pencil" grinder (I think thats what its called I borrowed it..) with a small bit that looked like an end mill. I was able to grind out the middle and then break it up with a punch, picked out the pieces with a pick and a magnet. It took about an hour of grinding and swearing to get it out. Wow will I be more careful...........
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