Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: Belleville, Illinois
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Re: how to get an broken easy out out??????
A broken easyout is big trouble. They are about 56c-60c Rockwell, about the same as a drill bit. A cutting torch with a small tip is a possibility. Get the easyout red and GENTLY get into the oxygen.
Another trick is to weld a small bolt to the broken stub. Also I have gotten them out with a sharp center punch, if they're not too deep. Just keep tapping on it side to side, and eventually it will loosen.
FYI, it's probably not due to a cheap tool. You might have used one too big for the bolt, in which case it will expand the bolt in the hole as it tightens in.
My favorite extraction tool is a set of left-hand drill bits. Just like a regular bit but made to turn counterclockwise. As it drills into the bolt, the hole releases the pressure from the threads, and then the drilling torque suddenly spins the remainder out.