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Please, as I am only a minimally skilled amateur mechanic, I can use all the collective wisdom of membership! Grateful for any response.


Please assume that WD40 has been liberally applied & left overnight prior to procedure.


My plan at this point: 1) punch dimple dead center in end of sheared bolt; 2) use three reverse-twist (left hand) drill bits of increasing size and with the very lightest touch of pressure to bore shallow hole in end of bolt; 3) If drilling itself does not start turning the bolt out enough to grab w/fingers or pliers, try using phillips screwdriver w/light pressure in hole to rotate it out; 4) Now if (3) does not work - and here is the step that makes me choke because of the notorious unreliability of the method, ie breaking the tool off in the hole in the end of the bolt - use one of those "extract-all" (or some such name) tools to grab inside the hole and rotate it out.


Next part: It appears (I am happy to be corrected) from sources already consulted, that something like 1/2-3/4 in (1-2 cm) of outward rotation will completely restore function of reverse. If bolt sticks out the greater length, should I not be able to screw on a locknut and then file the tip of the bolt so as to turn with a wrench? If bolt sticks out the shorter length, could I not cut a screwdriver slot in it and then fasten the lock nut?


I am sure that many members have faced similar situations and have just as many ways of doing this job. Any input will be greatly appreciated.


Respectfully yours,


Setter Chauffer

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First, no worries.. This will be fine. There is a product called Kano Kroil that is just this side of a miracle. I would we it down with that and let it work overnight. It should really help unstick what is stuck. We use it at work to unfreeze bolts that are rusted and corroded by caustic and such.


Second- buy a good easy out set. The ones made by elf's or some third world group out of silly putty just will not do.


All the best,


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Dear SB#3,


Pleas forgive my delayed thanks. Owing to much other business, is the first time I have signed on to the site since I posted my plea.


Thanks so much for confirming my sanity and for the additional suggestions. Since you responded the day after my post, I assume that the 72 subsequent readers must have thought you right on the money, as none of them has had anything to add or subtract.


It looks like you have a really neat collection. Can I ride them all sometime?


With gratitude and respect,



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