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Old 09-12-2005, 05:56 PM
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D'oh! Problem 1: rusty windshield hinge bolt; Solution 1: penetrating oil, work it slow with a big Phillips, use the ratcheting mechanism on the hand drill. Problem 2: rounded off corners of said bolt; Solution 2: Easy out. Problem 3: Broken Easy Out inside of drilled hole inside of said bolt; Solution 3: can anybody fill in the blank?

Are Easy Outs made of hardened steel? Special drill bit needed to drill it out? How do you start a drill bit on a curved sheared surface? Like Matt Farr's rear axle ?
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D'oh! Problem 1: rusty windshield hinge bolt; Solution 1: penetrating oil, work it slow with a big Phillips, use the ratcheting mechanism on the hand drill. Problem 2: rounded off corners of said bolt; Solution 2: Easy out. Problem 3: Broken Easy Out inside of drilled hole inside of said bolt; Solution 3: can anybody fill in the blank?

Are Easy Outs made of hardened steel? Special drill bit needed to drill it out? How do you start a drill bit on a curved sheared surface? Like Matt Farr's rear axle ?
Can you slot it still and use a large straight blade driver? The key to hing bolts/screw is a impact driver with #3 phillips bit.
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Old 09-12-2005, 06:19 PM
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Yes, easy outs are hard. Not really hard but hard enough to be a PITA. You might be able to thermally shock it a couple of times and get it to loosen. heat it with a torch then chill it with some water. The good thing is that since they are left hand threaded, a right hand drill bit might help twist it out. A carbide drill bit should dig into it but don't break off the carbide in the easy out.
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Might have to try a couple things...slot it using...an angle grinder? Dremel? File?

Once I torch it how could I get a hold of it (sorry got no imagination)? I hope my dad has some not dull drill bits to help me out here...
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I like the idea of welding a nut to what's left then rip it out with air tools
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I like the idea of welding a nut to what's left then rip it out with air tools
Yup, that will work so will a small bolt. The heat from the tack weld will help break the crud loose too.
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Old 09-12-2005, 09:29 PM
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Well it's kinda down in the countersunk hole already...so I don't know if you could even weld it without getting splatter to stick somewhere you don't want it...like the idea though, it would be easy.
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Cutting the slot will be the easiest if it works, and it's certainly worth a try. Welding a nut on can sometimes work too. Easy outs can not be drilled out, even with carbide bits, BTDT. EDM can get them out, but you'd have to get it to an EDM machine :-(
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So that's why they say not to break them in holes? d'oh! I don't think it's worth the effort and money to EDM it, I'll get it out eventually.
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Default get to the back of the bolt?

It doesn't sound like it, but can you get to the back of the bolt? sometimes there is enough stuff sticking out the back and if the head is already busted off, you can screw it IN all the way through easier than you can screw it out too.

(just thinking outside the box)

Also, sometimes you can get the broken off ez out to wiggle just a little bit. That is often enough to get it to suddenly fall out of the hole. I've done it more than once with drill bits in cast iron and a couple of EZ outs. Things that looked tragic suddenly were fine.

Oh yeah, I have a crystal bolt extractor in my holistic automotive healing kit you can borrow too. Just arrange the crystals around the bolt and by the next full moon, the bolt will extract itself.

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