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Old 01-28-2008, 09:01 AM   #1 (permalink)
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During my first oil change, one the the bolts that hold the cap on broke as I was torquing it back up. The bottom half of the bolt is threaded inside the bolt hole. Anyone ever experience this problem? How can I go about getting the broken bolt out of the threads? Foreman is still under warranty, but will it cover this? Any comments would be appreciated, thanks.
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Old 01-28-2008, 09:30 AM   #2 (permalink)
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How in the world did you snap a bolt for the oil filter cover?? They don't require much torque at all so for you to snap a bolt you must've been way over-torquing it or cross-threaded it. The only option is to drill a portion of the broken bolt out for an appropriately sized "easy-out" and even then that might not work. If the easy-out wont get it out you'll have to drill a bigger hole and use a small chisel or center punch to get the rest of the bolt out, and even then it's a long shot. Also keep in mind you have to make sure the bit is centered in the bolt or you could damage the aluminum threads or even worse, start drilling into the case. Since you don't know how to remove a broken bolt i would highly suggest you do not try this as your madden attempt at bolt removal. Take it to the dealer and pay whatever it is for them to do it.
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I would agree to take it to the dealer to get this done that way if they screw it up (actually un srew it) any more they can fix that as well.
I am not as critical as others may be because I have broken bolts as well but I have learned to use small wrenches with small bolts and not go so hard!! Good luck and let us know the outcome!!! May see ya riding someday!!
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did the same thing but with the differential filler cap.. but it broke in a way that i was able to unscrew thread by pushing it with a flathead screwdriver..
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most of the time you can use a tweeter/pick and it will spin right out as long as it didn't break off below the surface and wedge the threads. if that doesn't do it a left handed drill bit will unscrew it out for you. warranty will not cover this.
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Old 01-28-2008, 01:03 PM   #6 (permalink)
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i get the girlfriend to tighten that stuff.
use a very small drill and then use a small easy out. if you cross threaded it you might have to retap it.
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My old big red has one of the bolts broken....been that way for years and doesn't leak.It's one of the top ones.
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Old 01-31-2008, 08:34 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Thanks for all your input guys.

I went to a local hardware store and purchased a 5/64" drill bit and a left-handed tap to go with it $5 and was able to get it out. Pick up a spare bolt at the Honda shop for $.80 and threaded fine. Know better next time.
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