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Stretch 02-06-2014 11:13 AM

W201 rear anti-roll bar chassis mounting side stuck bolt
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G'day Folks,

I think I already have the best solution to my problem but I thought I'd ask anyway.

The problem is this =>

Bolt snapped off on removal of brackets which hold the rear anti-roll bar / anti-sway bar to the chassis.

I was a bit disappointed when this happened but thought it would drill out quite easily.

I was wrong.

Drilling through the length of the remaining stud went well - I don't think I've made contact with the threads of the nut that is welded to the bracket attached to the chassis.

Banged in an easy out =>

Unfortunately the easy out (both 5mm and 6mmm sizes) is starting to stretch and strip

The next occurrence will be snapped easy out in hole - I'm not going there.

As the bracket can not be removed from the chassis with out a cutting disc; and as the nut can not be removed from the bracket; and as the bracket is flexing with just an easy out in there...

...options like welding on another nut / bigger easy out / more power / more torque isn't going to end well.

Cutting a new thread through the nut on the bracket always makes me nervous - this is an anti-roll bar and thus could be a stability problem (just when you need it) should the new threads fail.

Access to remove the nut on the bracket is tight but I might be able to do that. But I think I might just drill a large hole through the nut and then use a longer bolt and a nylock nut on top of the stuck one as there is enough space for that - although getting a spanner on it will be interesting.

Any thoughts?

Stretch 02-07-2014 12:23 AM

It's oh so quiet...

Stretch 02-08-2014 12:57 PM


Mxfrank 02-08-2014 10:13 PM

First off, don't be too disappointed if you have to weld in a new bracket, it happens.

What I would do is to try to drill out the bolt. Use a small drill and go slow, keep it centered as best you can. Gradually enlarge the hole with larger drills. Once you get close to the major diameter, the old bolt should collapse and come out with less persuasion. If you have enough material, run a tap through to chase the old threads. There's less stress on these brackets than you would think, as long as you have a few good threads you'll be fine. You can always use a longer bolt and a second nut if there aren't enough surviving threads.

If you can't rescue the old nut, which is too often what happens with me, your idea of cutting a slightly larger hole and running a nut and bolt through would be fine.

Stretch 02-09-2014 04:56 AM

Thanks I might do a combination of screw thread cutting with a safety nut on top.

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