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Re: Advice on removing snapped s/s bolts from alu block

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Originally Posted by Gene T View Post
Almost impossible?
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I agree. Removing broken bolts is difficult in larger sizes, but with anything less than 3/8" it's downright ugly. I have seen the tig-weld-a-nut-to-it approach work, again with larger sizes. When corroded, the difficulty goes way up and the chances of success go way down.

There are some good extractors on the market - they are NOT "easy outs". The Alden "Drill Out" works well: http://www.drill-out.com/how1.html
You'll want to heat the broken bolt red hot with a torch. Search Youtube for video demos. Hell, it's worth a try.

Personally, I would just shop eBay for a good used block, or another putt-putt.
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Last edited by Brewgyver; 10-03-2012 at 06:08 PM.
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