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Old 04-08-2010
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Tips/tricks for cutting broken bolts on y-pipe flange

I snapped the heads off two y-pipe flange bolts when changing the clutch. One on driver side and one on the passenger side. I want to cut off the stud flush then drill the hole out for new bolts. They look hard to get to, any tips or ideas? 97 2wd 4.0
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Had this happen twice and did two things:

First time used a torch to heat the studs, then vice grips to slowly work them out. Took a while, but tapped and used new studs/bolts.

Second time was on a 93 that was rusted TO HELL! No way I was working out those bolts. Used a torch and plasma to cut new holes and used new bolts and nuts.

There is no way I could drill out the old bolts, not enough room and too hard of steel. I was using Cobalt bits, got nowhere fast.

Best choice for the two was the torch method, jsut had no choice with the 93.
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