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Old 09-26-10, 05:50 PM   #1
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Old trick for broken bolts...

Putting the "cap" back on a stem I was cleaning up, the cheesy little 4.5 mm cap-screw snapped off with but little torque.
Annoying...
I removed the other three and sure enough, about 3/6" of broken screw still protruded from the stem.
I took my Dremel and a cut-off wheel and cut a slot in the thing down to the level of the stem surface.
Fitted a screwdriver... Out she came. A liberal dose of WD-40 beforehand doesn't hurt.
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Old 09-27-10, 12:28 AM   #2
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love this common-sense tip. thanks!
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Old 09-27-10, 01:11 AM   #3
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I've gotta do the same to some tamper-proof bolts in order to replace the ignition barrel in my car : /
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