Broken Bolt

  • Posted by AiNt-RiTe-Acres on September 23, 2022 at 5:24 pm

    I recently had a bolt break on me while changing out a water pump on the old farm truck. I was trying to coax it back and forth as I’d done with the other bolts rusted in place but the head snapped off flush with the pump. I tried an ez out with no such luck. After I got the pump out of the way I tried everything I could think of including threading the shank and using 4 lock nuts to give me something to grab but the bolt wouldn’t budge. I just knew it was going to snap and I’d have to remove the timing cover and all that entails along with drilling the bolt. After a search online I found a video of a guy who had the same exact issue on his truck (even the same bolt). He discovered a tool out there called a bolt/stud extractor. I rarely promote anything and I’m not promoting anything now or getting anything in return. I’m just sharing the knowledge about this little tool because it saved my butt. I was doubtful but desperate so I ordered it and gave it a try. It still took effort to get that cursed bolt out but it got it out and in one piece thank heavens. If any of you are interested in it I have a link below for it Amazon. Several places carry it so shop around. I only share the link for reference to what it is. They’re made for other sizes as well.

    Damaged Bolt and Stud Extractor Tool, Grips and Removes 1/4-Inch to 1/2-Inch Studs – Ideal for Broken, Rounded Off, Painted Over, and Rusted Tight Bolts

    AiNt-RiTe-Acres replied 1 year, 6 months ago 2 Members · 2 Replies
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  • Darren

    Community Leader
    September 28, 2022 at 11:42 am

    Thank you for sharing the tool info, in my line of work tools are everything and the difference between loosing your butt or saving the day. Extractors are awesome and I think everyone ought to own a set. glad you were able to get the job done, again thanks for the share.


    • AiNt-RiTe-Acres

      September 28, 2022 at 1:07 pm

      Broken bolts can turn a one hour job into hours or days and a small fortune if something breaks internally. I’m sure you know that. I’ve used other extractors only to be disappointed. This one required allot of back and forth to move the bolt one direction to the next and it tried my patience but being patient with the tool saved me from further headaches and expenses. The tool itself worked great. It was a decade or so of rust on the bolt and my broken body that was a problem lol.

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