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Feb 18, 2016, 5:46 PM

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I have a 98 Monte Carlo. I'm doing my brakes and rotors. I can into a issue that I have a bad hub assembly. So purchased new on and as I was taking it off i stripped a bolt. Tried heat and large amounts of on blaster didn't help. Used a easy out and it's to stripped to get a good grip. So decided to drill it and use a bolt extracter. Would budge an inch then ended up snap the tip of the extractor off. I'm not sure what else I can try. I need help. Need to get it done.

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Feb 18, 2016, 6:13 PM

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Sounds like you've already made all the mistakes.

Your next call should be to a tow truck and then beg a shop to to be willing to work on it now. I know I sure wouldn't.


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Feb 19, 2016, 9:11 AM

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You're better off buying another knuckle. Check some of the salvage yards. The only other option is to remove the knuckle and take it to a machinist.

Those extractors are probably made from hardened tool steel. You not going to be able to drill through that unless you have an end mill.

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(This post was edited by Discretesignals on Feb 19, 2016, 9:25 AM)

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Feb 20, 2016, 5:27 PM

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If you know someone who has a welder, have them weld a nut onto the end of the bolt. Then heat the end of the housing and use an impact.

If you have no access to those things, I would try what DS says. Perhaps a local weld shop might be able to get it out were you to bring the spindle to them. You would still be left with the issue of fixing the threads. Don't go to a big name shop, try a mom n pop type welding or machining outfit. Let them know you pay cash. Might get the issue fixed without a massive cash outlay.

Dealing with seized bolts will lead to dealing with what you have unless you have the gear to remove it. We deal with that every day. I'm in the heart of the rustbelt, so this is kind of a normal day to see things like this. Easy Outs rarely will solve your issue, and most people do not use a large enough one anyhow. An oxy-fuel torch to make things glow red and a good welder (with the skill to make good welds) are par for the course in my neck of the woods.

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