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Old February 25th, 2015, 03:40 PM   #1
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I dun fukt up (broken IM bolt)

So this just happened.
This morning I was checking my IM for seafoam residue, and dropped a nut. Got that nut with a magnetic stick thing, then took the other one off, dropped it and it's gone for good. Went down to Honda to get one. 40 minute drive btw. They said they don't have any in stock, and the guy said "wow looks like ur the first guy here to ask for one of these". Guess I'm the only one stupid enough in my town to lose one. Anyhow, it was a day wait so I ordered it and went to ace hardware to pick up a temporary nut. Being the idiot I am, I over torqued it and broke the stem. So **** my life in general right now.

1.) can I drive with this? There isn't a vacuum leak.
2.) what's a direct bolt up IM upgrade? 3.2, 3.5, 3.7? Do I need a new tb to go with em or will my current 3.0 tb fit any of those?

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Old February 25th, 2015, 03:49 PM   #2
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I broken quite a few bolts myself....all the above are direct bolt ups, 3..7 needs matching tb or zdx tb
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Old February 25th, 2015, 03:52 PM   #3
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Any idea where I could find a cheap replacement? Anyone on here have one for sale?
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Old February 25th, 2015, 04:14 PM   #4
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you can buy it from honda. Its like 1 dollar
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Old February 25th, 2015, 05:21 PM   #5
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you can buy it from honda. Its like 1 dollar
The stem? How do I replace it? I thought they don't come out...
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Old February 25th, 2015, 06:33 PM   #6
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they are studs. get some vice grip and take it out. or tap it out. This is from experience.
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Old February 25th, 2015, 06:44 PM   #7
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You can drive like that. Worst case is that some air leaks into the intake without going through your filter. If the car starts idling strange then you have air leaking in. If not, you're okay.

Take off the rest of the bolts and remove the IM cover, then like thisaznboi88 said - get vice grips to turn the bolt loose.
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Go to the hardware store and match it. These don't require a high grade, so mostly any work.
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Old February 25th, 2015, 10:46 PM   #9
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hardest part is getting the stud out. Push comes to shove, file down each side of the threads until you have a flat section on each side and really clamp down with a vice grip.

second hardest part is getting the vice grips undone after removing the bolt without hurting yourself.
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Old February 25th, 2015, 10:47 PM   #10
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Or cut the stud down the center and unscrew it with a flat head. (haven't tried this method yet)
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Old February 25th, 2015, 11:02 PM   #11
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Or cut the stud down the center and unscrew it with a flat head. (haven't tried this method yet)
Smaller ones split (has tried this method)

Remember bolts are deceptively small. The threads aren't actually material with this approach. And the bigger the flat head, the wider the slot, the less material.
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Old February 27th, 2015, 09:47 PM   #12
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^ seriously guys?? Left handed drill bits!!! If you can figure those out you shouldn't be working on cars. I've pulled numerous broken bolts out with them, including IM bolts. I don't even stress broken bolts anymore with the bits on hand
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Old February 28th, 2015, 03:01 PM   #13
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Did this yesterday. Used plyers to get it loose then vice grips to get it out.
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Old March 1st, 2015, 01:37 AM   #14
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glad you got it out, there's always HeliCoil and when hand tightening smaller bolts like this, use your fingertips instead of whole hand, should be enough torque to get them on tight but not too tight
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Old March 1st, 2015, 07:40 PM   #15
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^ seriously guys?? Left handed drill bits!!! If you can figure those out you shouldn't be working on cars. I've pulled numerous broken bolts out with them, including IM bolts. I don't even stress broken bolts anymore with the bits on hand
Yeah that's an old trick, can't say I've used it.

Afraid of slipping and messing up the threads on there. Then again I usually don't drill on my car.
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