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Old 10-06-2012, 01:16 PM   #14
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Originally Posted by redrider423 View Post
Brokers bolts can be removed with an extractor kit. Just make sure you get you pilot hole drilled on center. If its a stud that broken its way more difficult due to the material the stud is made made from. They are way harder than your typical grade 8 bolt and usually require a carbide drill or bit to drill into. There is a separate extractor kit available to aid in removal especially if it is a pressed in stud versus a screw in type.
I think it is a a stud. I piked up the replacement ones at BMW today. I was hoping that one broken bolt would not create a vacuum leak, but the engine is all back together and there appears to be a substantial leak somewhere.
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