ok so a few days ago, i was taking out the old rusty radiator support rod on my 1922 T to remove the radiator and start other work. but... as i started to turn it. click. click. POP. and bang. it was broke. it wouldnt have been so bad, but, the rod broke off inside the radiator with nothing to grab onto with some pliers.
im sure i cant be the only person who has had this problem.
what do you guys advise me to do?
Small easy-out should do the trick
Same problem here. Soaked it with WD-40 for a couple of days (rusted), then took it out. Wasn't easy, and I learned a few new words, but it did come out. Good luck.
It is 5/16-UNF. You can get a reverse twist #10 and 1/4" drill bit. It will probably back out the remaining bit of the bolt while you are drilling.
Easy-outs are a joke! By time you get them to grab you have spread the broken bolt out and jammed it tighter. Try the reverse twist drills. WD-40 is a water displacing (WD) light lubricant not a penetrating oil. Try a good penetrating mix like Kroll, Liquid Wrench (if they still make it) or the 50/50 mix of acetone/ATF.
Someone good with a MIG welder can carefully build up a post on top of the broken rod. When there is enough to grab, use vice grips to turn it out. If the weld breaks off, just keep at it. Eventually it will stick and the localized heat from the weld will help free the broken stud. Works almost every time. Ezouts are too difficult and even worse when they break.
Cale, heat is your friend here. Carefully wrap some wet rags around the area where the rod is screwed into the bracket so when heat is applied, the rags act as a heat sink and won't melt any solder. If you can, drill a hole in the remaining piece of the rod and heat it red hot from the inside. Try to get the rod red hot where it is broken off, but nothing else. If you use a very small welding tip(oo or smaller)on an oxy-acet. torch you should be able to heat it up in just a small area. After it is heated, let it cool by itself. Keep the rags wet. The heat will break down the rust into a powder and shrink the rod at the same time. Then try using the methods mentioned previously, don't try to remove it while it's hot. Dave