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Old 04-11-2007, 05:38 PM   #1
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ok, so im removing the valve cover and i changed out the valve cover gasket and im putting the valve cover back on and i tighten one of the bolts to much( yeah i know, im an idiot) anyway , it breaks off, and know im screwed, its the ****tiest one to break off to. the one all the way to the front left, my dad says go get a reverse drill bit and we will try to get it out, does anyone have any other ideas

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Old 04-11-2007, 05:41 PM   #2
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ok, so im removing the valve cover and i changed out the valve cover gasket and im putting the valve cover back on and i tighten one of the bolts to much( yeah i know, im an idiot) anyway , it breaks off, and know im screwed, its the ****tiest one to break off to. the one all the way to the front left, my dad says go get a reverse drill bit and we will try to get it out, does anyone have any other ideas
Weld a Tee handle stud on it?
Drill it out?
Don't use a valve cover?
Sell the car?
EDM sink it out?

Or, you could listen to your dad. Believe it or not, he is older than you and most likely wiser....

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Old 04-11-2007, 05:43 PM   #3
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so, you think he is right?

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Old 04-11-2007, 08:59 PM   #4
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ha ha that just happened to me last week.
listen, its all in the preperation...

drill a small hole in the center of the bolt. straight down. it dosent have to be deep at all. just try your best to keep it in the center and straight.

i then used the smallest one of these
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and push straight down and go slowely. should come right out.
worked for me

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Old 04-11-2007, 11:44 PM   #5
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Have you removed the cover, and determined that there isn't enough busted-off bolt sticking out to grab with a vise-grip or the like? Usually there isn't, but it's worth finding out for sure just how scroooed you are. (ooh, bad pun!)

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Old 04-12-2007, 06:04 AM   #6
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ha ha that just happened to me last week.
listen, its all in the preperation...

drill a small hole in the center of the bolt. straight down. it dosent have to be deep at all. just try your best to keep it in the center and straight.

i then used the smallest one of these
http://www.epinions.com/images/opti/...resized200.jpg

and push straight down and go slowely. should come right out.
worked for me
Doing the same thing, but using a left hand drill is your best option. If the bit grabs with the LHD, then it may just unscrew.
Another option is to use a center punch and tap it in a counterclockwise direction. Did you try to get it out yet at all?
If you sheared it off, it may not be tight, unless you bottomed the screw.

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Old 04-12-2007, 06:54 AM   #7
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yes, i removed the cover and tried to grab it with a vice grip, no luck, r those e z outs that u think i should use?

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Old 04-12-2007, 06:57 AM   #8
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ok, so im removing the valve cover and i changed out the valve cover gasket and im putting the valve cover back on and i tighten one of the bolts to much( yeah i know, im an idiot) anyway , it breaks off, and know im screwed, its the ****tiest one to break off to. the one all the way to the front left, my dad says go get a reverse drill bit and we will try to get it out, does anyone have any other ideas
either do what your dad said or take it to a professional and have it removed. whatever you do, GET A TORQUE WRENCH!!!


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Old 04-12-2007, 07:18 AM   #9
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If you have or know someone with a mig welder, set a nut over the broken stud and weld the nut to it. Has worked numerous times for me.
Next time use a torque wrench: yes:

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Old 04-12-2007, 09:31 AM   #10
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see my problem was that i dont know how to weld... that and the bolt broke in the head... i did look for some left handed bits... that would have been the BEST way to go as far as drlling the hole for the ez-outs. but the regular bit worked for me.
i also picked ou a tq wrench at the store as well. the guy at the counter knew what was up lol

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Old 04-12-2007, 11:21 AM   #11
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another thing I have done in the past:
use a dremel / die grinder with a cut off disc
cut a slot into the top of the busted stud, then try a big flat blade screwdriver on it.

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Old 04-12-2007, 02:21 PM   #12
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another thing I have done in the past:
use a dremel / die grinder with a cut off disc
cut a slot into the top of the busted stud, then try a big flat blade screwdriver on it.
not a bad idea.. i do own a mig welder though....

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Old 04-12-2007, 06:56 PM   #13
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Just replace the whole head.

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Old 04-12-2007, 07:20 PM   #14
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why does everyone feel the need to put all their strength into tightening bolts. You must have really put a lot of torque on it to break it.

Valve cover gasket bolts go "snug" and thats it

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just replace the head...???? and ya, well your at it just buy a brand new engine... what do they go for these days? $20.. something like that.

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just replace the head...???? and ya, well your at it just buy a brand new engine... what do they go for these days? $20.. something like that.
That's a tad bit high for Low Saturn....

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