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Old 08-31-2013, 07:26 PM   #1
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Default Help! Severely stripped caliper bracket bolt

Well, I've run into a pretty major snag doing my brakes this weekend. My front right caliper carrier holder bolt is stripped to the point that even easy-out sockets don't do any good. Tried everything - heat, vice grips, you name it. I've entirely run out of options, and have no access to other tools to get this off.

One way I could do it is by cutting the head of the bolt clean off, and sliding the caliper carrier bracket away - then using vice grips to remove the remaining stuck portion.

Is anyone around the Columbus area that could give me a hand that has access to some sort of angled metal grinder or dremel and could help me cut it off this weekend? I'll buy you a 6-pack

The only other option I have is to take it to a shop to remove the stripped bolt on Tuesday morning and then take a taxi to work, and I don't know how much they'd charge to do that.

The bolt is a little tricky, as it has a washer built into it:

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Old 08-31-2013, 08:01 PM   #2
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You have to drill into the bolt and use some type of easy out tool to take the bolt out.

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This is what I'm talking about. Make sure you lube the bolt before you drill it. Then use this tool to take it out. If not youll have to drill it all the way through and re-tap

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Old 09-01-2013, 05:52 PM   #3
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I had that problem once. It won the battle but I won the war.

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Old 09-01-2013, 10:22 PM   #4
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have a file? I've filed or ground a new hexagon size onto rounded bolt heads before...
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Old 09-02-2013, 12:49 PM   #5
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heat it up, pound one of those sockets made for stripped bolts on it (thats the grooves in my picture above) spray PB Blaster, heat up again, attach 3 foot long pipe to end of wrench, stand on said pipe and bounce till it breaks loose.
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Honestly, easiest and simplest is to just buy a new, correct bolt, take it to a shop, spend like 20$ in labor and done.
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