CAN I BYPASS ONE BOLT ON MY WATER PUMP

  • Tiny
  • jamalsterlinggillespie
  • 1988 Mercury Marquis

I broke one of my bolts or stud on 1988 grand marquise can I bypass it

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Saturday, September 8th, 2012 AT 4:26 AM

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  • caradiodoc
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Depends on the bolt, which engine you have, etc. Is there enough that you can weld a nut to the remaining bolt? All you need is if it's broken off flush, I can describe how to weld a nut to it.

Drilling it out is another possibility but that almost always ends in a disaster. Some bolts go into the cooling system and had sealer on the threads. If you drill those there's a good chance they will leak later. Have you ever used "Easy Outs" or Heli-Coils?

In some applications you can even drill and tap a new hole next to the old one.

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Saturday, September 8th, 2012 AT 4:42 AM

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