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Old Yesterday, 07:41 PM   #1
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I'm an IDIOT broke a bolt

So today I did what I never in a million years I thought I would do since I'm always super careful. Well to be honest today was the first time I used a torque wrench and I broke one of the bolt on the oil filter housing.

Now what? Do I need to go buy a Harley?

Can I drill into the broken bolt and extracted out? Will I add shaved metal parts into the engine with this? I'm so pissed off how stupid I am!!!

Another question: Do you guys use a torque wrench on these bolts? I followed the clymer manual and when I was turning it I was super nervous because I never heard the click. 8.8 n m (78 IN LBS) Isnt that too much? My bike is a 2013 KLR 650.

Please advise!

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It happens. What size and brand wrench? Did you confuse foot pounds with inch pounds?
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It happens. What kind size and brand? Did you confuse foot pounds with inch pounds?
I just updated my post..please see above.
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Old Yesterday, 07:48 PM   #4
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u can tape off the whole area after u shove a rag in there
then drill and extract
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Old Yesterday, 07:51 PM   #5
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u can tape off the whole area after u shove a rag in there
then drill and extract
Any tool you recommend to extract?

I was looking at this one

http://www.brokentap.com/easy-outs.html
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Sounds about right actually if they are near the size of a drz. I just use a regular 1/4 and light snug on those.

http://www.engineershandbook.com/Tables/torque1.htm
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Old Yesterday, 07:54 PM   #7
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those are pretty fancy extractors u just have a bolt to deal with not a hardened tap or drill bit

your local autoparts place will have a set of ezouts or extractors
or sears will and u may want to try a left handed bit you can also come up with a guide to drill straight

you will get lots of suggestions on here IMHO so wade through them and pick what your comfortable with
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If you can find left twist drill bits, it should come out with little effort. I've also had luck using a pin punch to make a divot near the outer edge and then tap the punch at an angle to turn out the remnants of the bolt. Tedious, but effective...
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What he ^ said about left hand bits. This type of easy out should work or any grab-it style if the lefty bit don't work.
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If you can find left twist drill bits, it should come out with little effort. I've also had luck using a pin punch to make a divot near the outer edge and then tap the punch at an angle to turn out the remnants of the bolt. Tedious, but effective...
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Thank you all for a quick reply. I'll get an extractor tomorrow and give it a go after work.
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If you can find left twist drill bits, it should come out with little effort. I've also had luck using a pin punch to make a divot near the outer edge and then tap the punch at an angle to turn out the remnants of the bolt. Tedious, but effective...

+2

As long as the bolt didn't reach the bottom of the hole there should be no real force holding the remains in. A punch or a small flathead screwdriver should work... I've even used dental type picks successfully on several occasions.

Drills and easyouts often lead to more work, cost and frustration than necessary.
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That recess is pretty ideal for making a drill jig so you hit dead centre of the bolt. I'd look for a plug that fits right in and get a good centre hole, could save you a bunch of grief.
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No need to buy a Harley. If you don't fix that, this bike will leak oil.

73 inch pounds isn't all that much torque. If this was your first torque wrench venture, maybe previous overtightening had stressed the bolt and it finally gave?

I know that I have on occasion dialed in foot pounds when I needed newton meters or vice versa. I finally put a big tag on my torque wrench to remind me to be sure to use the right measurement.

Good luck getting it out!
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A friend just told me about left handed drill bits. He uses them to extract broken bolts. You just center punch the broken bolt to insure a dead center hole and drill with a small bit and increase in size with two or three steps larger. He claims they(the broken bolts) often will come out with the bit alone and no extractor.
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