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Urgent help needed-Crank pulley bolt snapped !


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#181 raynkar

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Posted 13 November 2020 - 09:52 AM

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Cheers. Had to order more drill bits, left handed tap etc and none of it's been delivered yet! Also, the weather forecast for this weekend is not good at all.
If I can't do anything with it this weekend, it'll have to wait another week!

Are you having to do all this out in the open...?[/quote]

Unfortunately, yes. I've got a big driveway but no garage.

I have to do all my work on the drive too, what makes things even more annoying is that it is often very windy where I am, so I can’t even safely put a gazebo over the car.

 

To make things even more annoying the wind is only strong on the side of the house that has the drive, this is due to me being at the base of a hill.

While the drive can be windy enough on the drive to blow things like cushion mats away the other side of the house will be perfectly calm.


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#182 nicam49

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Posted 13 November 2020 - 04:55 PM

Last winter when I had to work on my engine in a carport I had to send the missus out to buy me thermal longjohns from M&S
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Posted 14 November 2020 - 02:21 PM

Unfortunately I won't be able to do anything on the car this weekend.

The Milwaukee Cobalt drill bits I ordered and paid next day delivery on have not arrived and according to the company, have gone missing in the post.

They're resending them so hopefully I'll have them Monday or Tuesday.

So frustrating.

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Posted 21 November 2020 - 05:02 PM

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So happy to be able to post and say I've managed to get the broken crankshaft bolt out today.

Drilled the hole out to 8.5mm in 0.5mm steps using Milwaukee Cobalt drill bits after using Heller Cobalt bits upto 6mm.

Started tapping a thread into the broken bolt using an M10 left handed tap. After the first few turns I found it very difficult to cut any further.

Using a Black & Decker heat gun I warmed the bolt up for approx 4-5 minutes and then tried the tap again.

It cut easier and then unexpectedly started removing the bolt by hand with not alot of force to be honest.

I cannot thank everybody enough on this forum for your help, especially Purple who made me the drill guides which without I think it would be extremely difficult to drill centrally into the bolt.

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#185 nicam49

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Posted 21 November 2020 - 07:02 PM

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GREAT NEWS! That rates as a 5 thumbs up πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
All hail Purple and Black & Decker!
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#186 Mondygeek

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Posted 21 November 2020 - 11:13 PM

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Good job mate! Glad you got it sorted must've been an awesome feeling
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#187 PURPLE_2L_LX

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Posted 22 November 2020 - 06:08 PM

Excellent news.  Did the threadlock on the bolt stay soft or break up after heating or did it

solidify again?


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Posted 22 November 2020 - 06:10 PM

Awesome stuff! Now have you done the cambelt?!



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Posted 22 November 2020 - 07:43 PM

Excellent news.  Did the threadlock on the bolt stay soft or break up after heating or did it
solidify again?


Looks like it's broke up to me. It's cracked and come off in bits.

After a few minutes of heat it come out quite easily.

There's no doubt about it, before attempting to remove this bolt, a few minutes of heat on the bolt head from a hot air gun and it should come out easily.

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Posted 22 November 2020 - 07:48 PM

Awesome stuff! Now have you done the cambelt?!


No, had a day off today before a busy week ahead.

Not so worried about getting the belt done now but will hopefully be finished next weekend.




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