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E36 (1991 - 1999)
The E36 chassis 3-Series BMW was a huge hit among driving enthusiasts from the first moment the car hit the pavement. The E36 won numerous awards over the years it was produced and is still a favorite of many BMW enthusiasts to this day! -- View the E36 Wiki

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Old 04-02-2012, 06:27 AM
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Broken RTAB bolt

So I broke one of the mounting bolts for my RTABs and the sucker wontcome out. I tried left hand drill bits and easy outs, wont budge. Any ideas? Is there an accsess area to go to where the nutsert is in the body?
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Old 04-02-2012, 06:35 AM
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So I broke one of the mounting bolts for my RTABs and the sucker wontcome out. I tried left hand drill bits and easy outs, wont budge. Any ideas? Is there an accsess area to go to where the nutsert is in the body?
Do a search for 'The broken bolt thread'

CJ Surr just went through this and posted exactly what he went through, and his eventual fix.
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Old 04-02-2012, 08:06 AM
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Well this is going to be ****ing annoying, I just love cutting my "nice" car apart. I was thinking of doing what he did and just cutting the fender well and ttrying to turn the bolt down with vice grips or something.... wtf... not to pleased....
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Old 04-02-2012, 08:10 AM
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I had the carrier welds break off. I don't feel so unfortunate... Have you hit it with penetrating oil? Like unleash a can in it. Or heat?
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Old 04-02-2012, 08:38 AM
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Tried pb no luck. only have propane right now but might stop and get a mapp gass torch. This all happens and I have to move in 2.5 weeks. Im gonna try and drill it out mmore to see if I can get the threads to realse with heat and ****.
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Old 04-02-2012, 03:17 PM
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Damn it. Yeah, this sucks.

Where is the bolt broken? If only the head is broken off, then you might have a shot with easy-outs, but if it's broken down the shaft like mine was, you'll have to drill it out. It's binding to the threads much tighter than an easy out can grip it.

Drilling into the fender well really wasn't that bad at all. I spent so many days on that damn thing trying to preserve the threads, but once I thought of cutting into the well, I just picked up a strong set of bits and went away at it. I'm pretty sure I've got some more of those winged nuts, if you want one.
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Old 04-02-2012, 06:38 PM
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Ya im gonna try a screw extractor again tomorow. but if all else fails ill cut, im not reall scared to. lol.
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y'know, someone aughta make a 'repair kit' for thee things....





yeah, one of the many things in my 'to-do' list, but i have a good one on the drawing board. we'll see...





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Old 04-03-2012, 06:42 PM
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done fixed! Here is my mini "write up"

Well as you all know I broke a bolt in my Rear trailing arm cradle...

I tried drilling and using and easy out/screw extractor and this happened

So I got pissed off and got this
always use saftey glasses

And going back to my roots with Jeep thinking I did this



Then I went to the hardware store and got a grade 10.9 flange nut and bolt and welded the nut into the body like so

Pushed the flap back up and welded that POS back together. Please excuse the welds they are def not my best I will be going over them again later
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nothing a little grinding, rattle can black, and undercoating won't fix...


of course i woulda put a zipper on there myself, for easy furture access, just in case....




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