Re: Broken intake bolt?

From: John Dunlap (
Date: Fri Jun 07 2013 - 19:43:27 EDT

Before bolting it all down, get a thread chaser and clean out ALL threaded
holes and use anti-seize on ALL threaded fasteners. If you don't use new
bolts, get a die for each size threaded bolt and run it up and down each
bolt. Insurance.

On Fri, Jun 7, 2013 at 4:06 PM, David Gersic <>wrote:

> Tracing a small coolent leak here on my '01 3.9l, and I think I found it.
> The
> rear-most passenger side intake bolt is broken off. This bolt must
> penetrate
> the water jacket, it seems like the coolent is seeping around the threads.
> This looks like it's going to be a pain to fix.
> Digging around, it looks like I need to remove the alternator and A/C
> compressor, then unplug everything on the intake manifold. After that,
> remove
> the remaining 9 bolts that hold it down, and pull it out.
> Then I get to find a way to remove the remains of this bolt. I assume that
> since it broke off, it's probably going to be a pain to remove. Maybe I'll
> get
> lucky and some vice grips and PB Blaster will take it out, but I'm betting
> against it. Drilling it out isn't going to be easy, because it's back under
> the cowl. Maybe a right angle drill will be able to get at it back there.
> I'll get a new manifold gasket, and I figure I'll replace all 10 bolts
> rather
> than re-using the old ones. Are there any other things I should be ready
> for
> when I go to do this?

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