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t-bar bolt broke

Discussion in 'Chevy Trucks' started by sven1277, Mar 12, 2010.

  1. sven1277

    sven1277 Senior Member
    Messages: 480

    It happened on my '00 p/u a few years back and I had the dealer drill it out and replace it. It happened this fall on my '05. I want to drill it out myself but I want to know if the bolts are grade 8. I think from now on I will replace them after 3 years. Is it ok to just back them out and replace them? Should I use grade 8 or stainless? Thanks for your replies.
     
  2. B&B

    B&B PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,777

    Why screw around drilling out the threaded block? They're easily replaceable. Simply reach up in and cut the portion of the bolt off above the block (after compressing the T-bar with an unloading tool), slip the threaded block out with the remainder of the broken bolt and install a new one. 20 minute job.
     
  3. sven1277

    sven1277 Senior Member
    Messages: 480

    So the threaded block is just held in place by the pressure of the t-bar resting on it?
     
  4. spy0068

    spy0068 Junior Member
    Messages: 14

    Yes it is ...........
     
  5. B&B

    B&B PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,777

    100% correct. Remove the load and the excess bolt and the threaded block is easily replaceable.
     
  6. Rubicon 327

    Rubicon 327 Senior Member
    Messages: 108

    I have GM Torsion Bar Unloading Tool if you need to borrow it.
     
  7. Rubicon 327

    Rubicon 327 Senior Member
    Messages: 108

    Sorry, double post.