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Old September 25th, 2006, 08:57 PM   #1
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busted the tap inside one of the holes. to hard to drill into to get an easy-out into. any suggestions? i needHELP!!! its in the diff caseing one of the holes for the cover. i cant drill into the broken tap piece its to hard of metal. any ideas? i neeed help!
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Old September 25th, 2006, 08:59 PM   #2
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Is it flush with the cover? Big enough to weld a nut to it and turn it out?
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Old September 25th, 2006, 09:00 PM   #3
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no its like 1/16 inside the hole and i dont have a welder.
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Old September 25th, 2006, 09:05 PM   #4
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I would suggest a good pair of safety glasses and get a good punch & hammer. with out a torch to soften the metal you can shatter it and dig out the pieces. hit it in the center and rip the teeth off the tap and the center should break away and fall out after its shattered
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Old September 25th, 2006, 09:14 PM   #5
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I would suggest a good pair of safety glasses and get a good punch & hammer. with out a torch to soften the metal you can shatter it and dig out the pieces. hit it in the center and rip the teeth off the tap and the center should break away and fall out after its shattered
Yep.....if you are lucky it is one of the through holes. Or you could simply do without if it is just one of the bolts.
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What about a carbide drill or end mill.
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What about a carbide drill or end mill.
Could work, but likely will wallow out the hole first since I am sure he would have to use a hand drill.

I have had decent luck with this type of tap extractor. Not sure if you can see it, but it has 3 to 4 fingers that go into the grooves of the tap.

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Old September 25th, 2006, 09:28 PM   #8
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It will be nearly impossible to drill out b/c it is hardened steel. They make tap removal tools that you might find on mcmaster-carr.com Or you can do like yetti said and put a narrow punch in the grove and slowly start tapping it out backwards. It sucks, I know. Next time make sure you only turn the tap maybe 3/4 turns before backing out and retapping to clean out the shavings and prevent this from happening again.
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if it is just one, I would try puttin it together wit out it, might not need it. Especially if it is up top. lemme know if ya figure out how to remove it, I did this on one of the holes for my mirrors...
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GOT IT!!! with a punch and hammer! thanx to all.
im cleanin the old gasket off and bout to put the new one one and new cover
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Damn, that was fast. 35 minutes. Congratulations. GL4x4
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That tap extractor tool is freakin sweet. What does something like that cost?
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