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Old 11-11-2013, 09:15 AM
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while changing the thermostat i broke a bolt

while changing the thermostat i broke a bolt.. I only have 2 bolts that work, can I use some type of special glue ?
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Old 11-11-2013, 10:57 AM
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NO! You gotta get it out of there....

It's hard to tell from the pic, is there any of the bolt sticking up above the surface? Something you can grab with ViceGrips? I would start soaking it in PB Blaster or something now.

If it's flush or below you're going to have to center-punch what remains, carefully, right in the middle. Then drill. I like to use a Left-Hand drill, sometimes that's all it takes. Get the right EZ Out and drill combo, if that doesn't work, drill it completely out and Heli-Coil.
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Old 11-11-2013, 11:48 AM
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well I came up with my own idea and seems like it may work...

I cleaned up both ends real good with some sand paper and I took some jb-weld all around that bolt area, and around the rest of the area I put this special gray clacking from Ford.

I got a clamp like the one in the other photo but much smaller mini size and clamped it down where the broken one was and I welded it shut so the vise grips do not move or open... what do you think

I'll wait 24hrs for the jb-weld to dry. ...

it defiantly feels solid without movement.
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Old 11-11-2013, 11:51 AM
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WTF???

You did not do this?

Can you please post your vin number so no one else on this forum buys your truck... Because its is obviously a maintenance nightmare...

Good lord man.
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Old 11-11-2013, 12:01 PM
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You can also take a nut about the same size of the bolt and weld it on and that usually will work. The shop I work at does that sometimes. In my welding class we actually had to do that weld a nut to a broken bolt to remove the bolt.
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Old 11-11-2013, 12:03 PM
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You can also take a nut about the same size of the bolt and weld it on and that usually will work. The shop I work at does that sometimes. In my welding class we actually had to do that weld a nut to a broken bolt to remove the bolt.
that's a good idea
thank you
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pics of the fix

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time for a new wp or helix coil it lol.
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I'd try an EZout. If that does not work drill it out and heli-coil it as mentioned above.
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Old 11-13-2013, 01:42 PM
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Change the water pump if you got the cash. Its not bad to replace and honestly would be easier in my opinion then trying to drill and easy out the broken bolt. Murphys law will likely come into play as well. You would get everything drilled, tapped and reassembled and next week the pump leaks. Good luck whatever way you go.
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