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Remove broken head bolt

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  1. russix

    russix FEOA Member

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    I pulled the head and broke two head bolts in the process. Seems like I have plenty of real estate to work with. I have a map torch, freeze off, wax and bolt extractors. I am curious if anyone has any suggestions here. Also this silver paste substance that is spread everywhere, is that a tell-tale sign of a block sealer used at one point?

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    zzyzzx FEOA Member

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    I used a small pipe wrench to grab the protruding part. It came right out.

    Note: Use the Mahle aftermarket head gasket, not Fel-Pro.
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    ShakeZilla19 My name is ^^^

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    I heated the side of the block near the broken bolt and grabbed the bolt with big vise grips. The silver paste is what is left of your old head gasket. The original head gaskets on about 2000 and older are similar to silver exhaust gaskets. They flake apart after a few heat cycles which is normal.
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    That thought occurred to me as well, but I noticed that it was only in the area where the gasket was leaking, and was wondering about that.

    Yes, we know that there was a leak where the silver paste is, even though the OP never stated such.
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    Gonna weld a nut on. Seems like block sealer in the coolant passages.

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    zzyzzx FEOA Member

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    Try it the easy way first. I've seen numerous accounts here and on YouTube where they came out easily like mine did.
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    Done!
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    Good to hear!
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    zzyzzx FEOA Member

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    What method did you use?
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    Looks like he welded nuts to the protruding pieces of the broken bolts.

    Bonus - now there's a couple new, short bolts!
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    make sure to run a tap down those holes with the damaged bolts.. just to verify thread shape and depth.
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    I put it back together and I can say, wow that made a huge difference. Next time, I'm gonna use an impact wrench to loosen the head bolts a little, then use the breaker bar to untorque them in order. Thanks everyone!
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    88ESCORTV6 The Alpha Of The Omega

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    very nice work for a noob. :p
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    The thing is, with this car for at least the timing belt or head gasket, all you go to do is watch a bunch of YouTube videos for other cars, then watch the ones for an Escort. After seeing how much harder it is to do on other cars, you will think it's easy to do on an Escort. So easy I actually reinstalled my timing belt that had 25K miles in it when I did my head gasket. After all, it's not like it's that hard to change out just the belt.
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    Escorts are nothing like a euro car with a big engine crammed in a small car. Ohh good lord I recall what I went thought with my Audi B5 S4. Loved the car, but never again will I own one.

    EDIT:
    I had to pull the front end of the car off to change the water pump and belts.

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