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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old Oct 25th, 09, 08:23 PM Thread Starter
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Valve cover problems

Hi today i put chrome valve covers on my sb.350,,well, tightened 2 bolts too tight and wham,,broke the heads off of them , so now the half of the 2bolts are flush with the head,,any tricks on how to get these out? thanks in advance John
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old Oct 25th, 09, 08:42 PM
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Re: Valve cover problems

You could use a Dremel tool with the cut-off wheel and cut a small slot in the bolts and use a screwdriver to back them out. If you bottomed the bolts out and broke them this may not work.

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post #3 of 10 (permalink) Old Oct 25th, 09, 11:58 PM
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get a bolt, shapen the end, then mig carefully onto the broken bolt...heat turned up feed right down
let cool and wind out

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Try carefully loosenig them by taking a small chisel and tapping counter clockwise. Once you get them going (hopefully) they should just back on out. Valve cover bolts are not supposed to be real tight. How did this happen?
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They make a tool called an "easy out" just for this...

http://www.toolprice.com/category/screwextractors/

Check Amazon or ebay, you can get a starter set for just a few dollars.

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Try carefully loosenig them by taking a small chisel and tapping counter clockwise. Once you get them going (hopefully) they should just back on out. Valve cover bolts are not supposed to be real tight. How did this happen?
Honestly Chuck i just went over them and they snapped on me,,i didnt use brute force lol ,,thats my luck but.
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They make a tool called an "easy out" just for this...

http://www.toolprice.com/category/screwextractors/

Check Amazon or ebay, you can get a starter set for just a few dollars.
Thanks Dennis I'm going to do that
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John; I've had good luck with the ez-out when instructions are followed to a t. If this doesn't work the first try, it turns into a PIA. Others will probaby share their frustrations with these tools; they won't work for older, rusted parts but a clean bolt that was just installed shouldn't give you too much trouble... Good luck!


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Re: Valve cover problems

Like Chuck suggested, I would take a length of round stock, grind the end to a point and carefully tap the broken bolt on the edge CCW to see if it would unscrew.

Once the tension is off, the bolts themselves should unscrew easily as they are a loose fit.

You might visit the dealer and look for a cover stud kit for late '80's engine as it includes a stud, nut, and holddown for about $3 apiece.

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Thanks guys i will try
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