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Old February 11th, 2007, 10:21 AM
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Water pump bolt

I've got a bolt that came out and now it won't go back in. I can get it all the way to where the threads in the hole are, but it won't thread in. It's one of the "long" bolts so it's not like I can cut new threads in the engine block.

I think I'm going to try to find a new one and/or recut the threads on the bolt.

Any other suggestions?

Thanks in advance
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Old February 11th, 2007, 02:09 PM
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I know the feeling, I am currently looking for one of the bolts that hold my water pump on my 200Tdi. It broke due to corrosion.

If you do find one let me know where.

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Old February 11th, 2007, 02:25 PM
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Got a really small file? If you can find where the problem is on the threads, you can sometimes clean it up right at the spot of damage. I'd also run a known good bolt into the block to make sure you know which one is damaged.

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Old February 11th, 2007, 07:46 PM
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this link should help:
http://www.roverparts.com/Parts/STC483FK.cfm

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Old February 11th, 2007, 09:44 PM
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So what happens if it isn't the bolt???

Follow-up Post:

Hypothetically of course...
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Old February 11th, 2007, 11:48 PM
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If it's the block, not the bolt, I'd get my hands on a thread-cleaning tap (as opposed to a thread cutting tap). If a good bolt isn't even starting to grab, then it's most likely just the first thread, and an easy fix. But make sure it's a CLEANING/REPAIR tap, not the normal type. Both will work, but one has a much lower chance of 'oops' than the other.

http://www.tavia.com/cat2.html

Another trick would be to taper the nose of the bolt a bit, just the first couple threads, and see if it will start easily. But don't force it, just go gentle, after all the block is aluminum and not cast iron.

But before you try any of that, IIRC there are a couple other bolts that are the same thread and length, correct? I'd try a couple other bolts in the hole... sometimes you luck out and one will go in for you and clean the threads up.

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Old February 12th, 2007, 09:51 AM
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I did notice that everytime I pulled the bolt out it was covered in gunk, like the hole was full of mushy melted parts of the water pump gasket. I'd clean off the threads then do it again, always the same result. I'll get a new bolt and clean the threads.

Thanks all again, I'll continue to update on the progress
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1/2in impact gun

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Old February 14th, 2007, 10:36 PM
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Eric fixed it, I am indebted
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do you know what he did to get the bolt to take?
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Old February 15th, 2007, 08:52 AM
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I just put it in there and turned (seems to work for a lot of things on Valentine's day). The new bolt caught immediately.
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