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Old 08-06-2016, 10:34 PM
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Tips on removing a snapped bolt?

I replaced the sway bar bushings on the not ford today. There are two bolts(top and bottom) that hold the sway bar bushings onto the axle bracket. One of bolts snapped off at the head while trying to remove the bolt. I thought okay, I'll get an easy out to remove. I drilled a hole into the bolt, then inserted the easy out. The easy out snapped off while trying to turn the bolt out.

Now, I have a bolt with no head and a hardened steel easy out that won't drill out. I can't get at the backside of the bolt either.

I don't really want to drive the vehicle with only one bolt holding the sway bar bushing in place.

Any ideas?
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Old 08-06-2016, 10:39 PM
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I replaced the sway bar bushings on the not ford today. There are two bolts(top and bottom) that hold the sway bar bushings onto the axle bracket. One of bolts snapped off at the head while trying to remove the bolt. I thought okay, I'll get an easy out to remove. I drilled a hole into the bolt, then inserted the easy out. The easy out snapped off while trying to turn the bolt out.

Now, I have a bolt with no head and a hardened steel easy out that won't drill out. I can't get at the backside of the bolt either.

I don't really want to drive the vehicle with only one bolt holding the sway bar bushing in place.

Any ideas?
Is there any way to weld a bolt back if you remove
the bushing?

If theres room to weld another bolt on ,then it may work! Ive seen it
done before!
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Old 08-06-2016, 10:40 PM
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None..that sucks.

How big was the easy out?

Can you try a reverse drill bit?...if the easy out isn't too big.
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Old 08-06-2016, 10:47 PM
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Is there any way to weld a bolt back if you remove
the bushing?

If theres room to weld another bolt on ,then it may work! Ive seen it
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Won't that melt the bushing? I might be able to get the bottom of the bushing bracket tack welded onto the bracket, since there are two ears that slide underneath the bushing bracket.

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None..that sucks.

How big was the easy out?

Can you try a reverse drill bit?...if the easy out isn't too big.
The drill bit was a 5/64" for the easy out, and the bolt is 8mm. I'm not familiar with reverse drill bits. That sounds like it might work.
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Won't that melt the bushing? I might be able to get the bottom of the bushing bracket tack welded onto the bracket, since there are two ears that slide underneath the bushing bracket.



The drill bit was a 5/64" for the easy out, and the bolt is 8mm. I'm not familiar with reverse drill bits. That sounds like it might work.
8mm is small an is the equivalent to a 5/16 isn't it?
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Won't that melt the bushing? I might be able to get the bottom of the bushing bracket tack welded onto the bracket, since there are two ears that slide underneath the bushing bracket.



The drill bit was a 5/64" for the easy out, and the bolt is 8mm. I'm not familiar with reverse drill bits. That sounds like it might work.
Welding might work, but if it's cleaned off level it makes it difficult to avoid welding to the surrounding material...at least that is my experience.

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8mm is small an is the equivalent to a 5/16 isn't it?
Pretty similar, yes.

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Old 08-06-2016, 11:18 PM
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