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Old 04-18-2019, 08:51 PM   #1
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Default radiator support bolt broke please help

I found my radiator support was loose. I went to unbolt it to retighten it and I couldn't get it to budge so I used a ratchet to try and remove it and the head snapped off. It broke off recessed any idea's on removing before drilling it out? I don't have a welder and don't know how to weld so I can't do that. what is the pitch thread for the bolt?

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Pics would help a lot, is it the bottom support? I'm guessing you'll have to drill it out anyway. Unless you're cool using self-tappers on your car.

If you can get to the other side, where presumably the threaded end of the bolt protrudes, you could try an extractor socket. You'll probably need lots of penetrating oil in the threads, and tap it with a hammer a bunch. If you can get to it.

Good luck, I feel your pain.
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Pics would help a lot, is it the bottom support? I'm guessing you'll have to drill it out anyway. Unless you're cool using self-tappers on your car.

If you can get to the other side, where presumably the threaded end of the bolt protrudes, you could try an extractor socket. You'll probably need lots of penetrating oil in the threads, and tap it with a hammer a bunch. If you can get to it.

Good luck, I feel your pain.
It was dark out couldn't get a good pic. It's the upper brackets. I bought this to try and get out. I'm going to soak it in kroil for a few days. I think someone used an impact on it and got jammed it wasn't like that before I brought the car to a shop. I also found my main engine ground disconnected last night. No idea how long it's be like that or how the car was even running on a single 8 gauge ground.

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You may want to get a thread chaser before putting a new bolt in, else you'll be in the same boat.
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You may want to get a thread chaser before putting a new bolt in, else you'll be in the same boat.
Will do. It's a m6 bolt right?
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this happens often to rust belt cars because the bottom is exposed.

best bet is to drill and tap it out, if you are good or lucky you can get it almost perfectly centered and drill out the bolt and chase out the old threads.

work of caution though when you go and drill put a piece of metal underneath it so when you go through the bottom you don't accidentally hit the ac core.

i would not waste my time with an easy out on it, 15 minutes to drill and tap
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Its easy to drill out and even throw a threaded bolt with a nut on the bottom. Or do what the rest of us do and just double ziptie and call it a day
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Zip ties are hella light and don't rust. Zip tie everything.
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