Don’t you just hate it when a botched-up thread threatens you with the likelihood of having to replace an entire component? Here’s to all the mechanics who save their customers, their bosses, and themselves tons of time, money, and frustration by somehow managing to get that broken fastener out. Heroes, all of them.

This post was originally going to be a roundup of every extracted faster from 2018, but here we are, just a few weeks into the year, and there’s already an entire posting’s worth of win.


Photo: highclasslowliife

The gods answered.

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Remove both exhaust manifolds and extract the broken bolts, for 2 of them we welded a nut onto the broken bolt, and the last one was too deep into the head to i had to drill it and use an extractor.

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Pohto: staypuft90

My boss bought these cheapo Irwin extractors a year or so ago. They’ve just been taking up space on my work bench so decided to try ‘em out.

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Hm, I’m having second thoughts on this one.


Photo: alinafk

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There was a loud clunking noise that wasn’t the cat converter that’s also bad. Found a broken bolt lying on the ground...

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Photo: comfortlevelsupreme

Drilled hole, tapped it in, 1/4 socket, turned left

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Photo: chiozzy

Sometimes you just gotta hog out the whole thing.

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Photo: woodchipchipper

Jeep patriot

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Photo: turtlesgg

2001 Ford Ranger

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Photo: Good_With_Tools

dental equipment. These are 2 bolts that hold the rotation brake onto the chair. If these break and you can’t get them out, the chassis of the chair is toast. A $1 bolt can make a $10k chair trash. Not the best design.

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Photo: whitestmike

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Spark unplug!


Photo: testmule

Screw extraction. By hand under a microscope.

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Photo: Barkenschlager

You could play a victory song on those flutes.

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Heh.

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Photo: kevinofthenorth

So that’s what that hex is for!

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Photo: Fordguru01

Snap on left hand extractor set. I have had a lot of practice with removing broken bolts. Time and patience are your best friend. Use a sharp left handed bit.

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Photo: Fordguru01

Ditch Witch JT 922

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