While installing a transfer case drop I snapped one of the four transmission mounting bolts.
So ... now what?
Can it be driven like this?
How do I pull the broken bolt out and to replace it? The head cleanly snapped off.
Out of curiosity - and if you have a minute to read on, how critical was it to loosen these bolts when doing a TC drop? I bought a Skyjacker t-case drop kit (which I do not recommend) and their instructions don't mention loosening the four transmission bolts while dropping the t-case. The t-case drop written in 4x4xplor http://www.4x4xplor.com/t-casedrop.html
states to loosen them first and then tighten them as a final step.
Who is right? After having it installed for about a week I went back into it tonight as strange thumping develop under my foot while driving - I could feel it hard when driving 30 or less over minor road bumps. Figured something had to be loose which is why I started checking everything tonight and snapped the bolt.
And while I'm on the topic of conflicting info ... Skyjacker says to torque their six skid plate bolts down to 75-80 ft lbs. Two of the six stripped before getting to this level. As they were around 55 to 60, I left them in until tonight. I pulled them and replaced them with grade 8 hex bolts and torqued them to 55 ft lb per 4x4xplor.com. Again, which is the right spec? 75 ft lbs or 55?
1997 Wrangler TJ, Blue/Saddle, Low Output 4-cyl, 5-spd, Dana 30/35, 4.10 axle, 2.5 OME coil and shock lift, RE Quick Disconnects, 245-75/16 Goodyear MT/Rs on Moabs and we call her Daisy.