Ford Power Stroke Nation banner

1 - 20 of 43 Posts

·
Headwind Magnet
Joined
·
626 Posts
Discussion Starter #1
I was installing my freshly overhauled injectors from Swamps and the #8 hold-down bolt broke off while I was torquing it down. I'm trying not to panic, but I don't think this is a job I can handle myself anymore. Any advice?
Best,
Jim
 

·
Science rulz
Joined
·
1,424 Posts
Where did it break? Did it break flush with the cyl head or is there something you can get a grip on? If it broke in the threads you're gonna have to pull the engine or the heads I thinks.
 

·
Headwind Magnet
Joined
·
626 Posts
Discussion Starter #3
Flush with the cylinder head, nothing to grab onto. That would totally suck to have to pull the head or motor...
 

·
Senior Veteran Member
Joined
·
937 Posts
:eek: Not good. Might be able to extract. I would consult a machine shop or someone with more experience. I would think ( and hope ) you could drill out, extract and reinstall a new one afterward, but see if someone on here posts a more in-depth reply. there are a lot of VERY knowledgeable people on here. Just my $.02.
 

·
What else?
Joined
·
4,156 Posts
Try using a small pick and hammer to twist it out.
:whs: See if it is loose in the threads, it may come right out with some patience. After that I would try a left-handed drill bit, they work pretty well for backing out broken bolts.

Dave
 

·
Headwind Magnet
Joined
·
626 Posts
Discussion Starter #7
Guys, thanks very much for the replies! Glad to see you guys think its possible to fix this without pulling the heads/motor.

I will give the pick/hammer thing a try. Maybe I'll get lucky. Up to now, if it wasn't for bad luck, I'd have no luck at all with this truck. I thought I bought a clean truck less than 2 years ago with 62000 miles but its been one problem after another. I sure hope to put that all behind me with a Swamps overhaul on all 8 plus the IDM.

Going into this job I was concerned because I had to replace the #6 injector cup. Thanks to some great coaching from Jonathan at Swamps it was a lot easier than I thought. I was torquing down my last injector on this install when the bolt snapped. :doh:

I figure I'll give it a careful try. My out is flatbedding it to my local garage. They're not PSD specialists but they are the best in the area and very honest. I stopped in today and they are confident they can get it out. I just don't want to do anything in ignorance that will make the situation worse.

Let me know if you guys have any other ideas or advice...
Best,
Jim
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
3,060 Posts
Hey Jim~

you should be able to spin it out with a pick tool or similar...

worse case a LH drill bit would most assuredly get it.
 

·
Headwind Magnet
Joined
·
626 Posts
Discussion Starter #10
Centx and Dave, thanks! I'll give it a try...
Best,
Jim
 

·
Dairy Mechanic
Joined
·
2,198 Posts
Same thing happen to me but on #1 cylinder. I drill a small hole and took the tap to it and got it out. :D But the #8 cyl will be harder.
 

·
Headwind Magnet
Joined
·
626 Posts
Discussion Starter #14
Mike and Magnum, good to here this has been done before, thanks! 90 degree drill and left-hand threaded bit may be the answer...
 

·
Science rulz
Joined
·
1,424 Posts
There are left hand drill bits aswell, that might get it.

Also the "chisel" approach usually works pretty good too.
 

·
All done now
Joined
·
22,486 Posts
Just pack the area around it with some oiled down rags to catch any bits of metal. No beer till it is out. Take a deep breath, let it out slow. Repeat until heart rate is down to normal. Start on it. Repeat the deep breaths every five seconds. GO SLOW.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
38 Posts
I haven't used a left handed bit on a broken bolt in years. Put a nut over the top of it, grab the MIG welder, and weld the nut to the broken bolt.
 

·
Headwind Magnet
Joined
·
626 Posts
Discussion Starter #18
"No beer till it is out."

LOL Thanks for the laugh Andy, just what I needed!

Good advice about the oily rags.

Boon, thanks but I don't know how to weld. I've always wanted to learn...hopefully someday.

Thanks Colt. You guys have convinced me I should at least try before I resort to taking it to the garage. I can't touch it today cause we've got a house-full of people coming over. I'll keep you posted.

Happy Easter to all!
Jim
 
1 - 20 of 43 Posts
Top