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One of the best ways to remove any stripped bolt (archive)

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Posted by Shawn D. on January 15, 2001 at 11:41:16:

In Reply to: Distributor problems HELP PLEASE! posted by Quitze on January 14, 2001 at 23:55:50:

One of the best ways to remove any stripped bolt that isn't held in by rust is to cut the head off (making sure not to damage the part it's holding if it matters); doing so releases the tension and frequently allows you to remove the bolt by hand only. If the rest of the bolt is flush (or nearly so) with the part it's threaded into, you can still remove it by using a reverse-rotation drill bit or an EZ-out.

Here is the situaiton, I am in the process of installing a new (rebuilt) engine into my '83 533i. The problem is that the bolt holding the distributor rotor to the old engine (a hex bolt) is stripped. Also, the engine I removed, compared to the new engine that will go in, is slightly different where the rotor bolts on. There is no base to bolt the rotor to, though there is another hex bolt. Is there a "slip on" version of the distributor rotor, or a slightly different setup that was implemented later down the evolution of the engine? Thanks.

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