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torsion bolt broke......what now?

i just broke my torsion bolt trying to tighten it, it broke off in the bracket where it inserts...

any ideas on how to fix this? can i drill the bolt out, or is to strong for a drill bit?
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where you tightening the bolt without lossening the torsion key?
is there any part of the bolt sticking out?
for a quick removal id find a welder and weld another bolt to it and back it out like that.. (if possible)

you should be able to drill it out. keep the bit lubricated and sharp tho..
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most likley you will have to drill it out, but before you do that make sure that you have a replacement bolt to shove in there once you get the other part out.
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yeah i got some new bolts so i guess i will drill it out
i don't have a welder
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can you get some vice grips on it? if so heat that sucker up with a propane torch until the locktite starts to melt, then it will back out like butter.
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nope it broke of right at the edge i cant get nothing on it

how am i suppose to go about drilling a bolt , right down the middle? i have no clue to what i am suppose to do
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first i would get a puller, stick the puller on the key and crank it up, once you get it up take that little block out that the bolt is stuck in, once you get it out heat it up with a propane torch and twist it out from the other end. with the little block out on the bench you should have plenty of option to try. heat is what you want, we had a similar issue on another ranger and the bolt spun with my fingers once some heat was applied.

just remember to put locktite on the bolt when you put it back in.

i would use the drill bit as last resort.
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man there is no way to fix this. if the insurance company finds out there gonna total your truck. sucks. good luck.









































































nah J/K
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lol very funny i thought u were serious
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so where could i get a puller and what does it look like?
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a 2 or 3 arm pulley puller or i have even heard a big C clamp will work.
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here are a few pictures

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here is another idea, can i take off my strut and drop the susp down to release pressure on the bar and then just slide it out from the front?
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nope it wont release enough pressure.
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kk, im about to go to the auto parts store and borrow a pulley
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just got home with a pulley, its working, it lifting the key but.....the broken bolt and the little bolt plate are going up with it. Its as if the bolt drilled itself into the key....
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its just stuck, tap it with a hammer. tricky part will be getting it out, which i didnt think about. hopefully you can get it out.

if anything you can get a new nut piece too.
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yeah thats the problem, i cant get it out with the bolt
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also, if you need more working room where the puller is...
you CAN loosen the tension with a pipe wrench on the torsion bar and have a floor jack under the handle so it twists the torsion bar... we used that method a couple times at a shop i worked at when the bolt needed only 1 or 2 turns and didnt have the clamp for the key handy... it can get sketchy real fast... but it is an option..
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thanks anything helps, but its just that i cant get the plate out of the sides b/c the bolt is in it pretty far

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i got a buddy coming with a sawz all to see if we can cut that bolt
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Just dont hit your self in the head!
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Just dont hit your self in the head!

lol thats the last thing i need....
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you may need to get a new nut piece, if that makes sense.

be careful with all those vibrations with the saws all as it may wiggle the puller loose.
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lol thats the last thing i need....
Ya that leaves a bump
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