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Old 01-09-2018, 07:36 PM
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flushed the heater core out today along with the coolant and thermostat... was tightening the bolts back for the heater hoses and as it started to get snug, it just broke the head off? ive worked on cars for years, but not sure if the bolt was weakened or what.... Cant get a drill in there to drill it out... need my car so in a panic, i used some JB weld on the flat bracket thats attached to the hose, to mate to the motor where it goes anyways to hopefully hold.

Any real world solution to fix this? hopefully the jb weld will hold and hopefully wont have any issues from it.
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Can you take it apart enough to get vice grips on what'* left?

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Can you take it apart enough to get vice grips on what'* left?

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Soak with PB Blaster overnight....buy a left handed drill bit....tap a starting point in the middle........have had good luck with the bit catching ad backing it out......if that doesn't work, then use an easy out on the hole that was drilled.....
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Soak with PB Blaster overnight....buy a left handed drill bit....tap a starting point in the middle........have had good luck with the bit catching ad backing it out......if that doesn't work, then use an easy out on the hole that was drilled.....
I can't get a drill in there. Any other ideas?
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I can't get a drill in there. Any other ideas?
Perhaps take out the coolant reservoir and use an angle drill like this one?:


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Perhaps take out the coolant reservoir and use an angle drill like this one?:


That'* exactly what I did. I took off motor mounts and rolled the engine forward and drilled it out, wouldn't back out so I drilled it all the way and tapped new threads and got a new bolt.
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That'* exactly what I did. I took off motor mounts and rolled the engine forward and drilled it out, wouldn't back out so I drilled it all the way and tapped new threads and got a new bolt.
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