Join Date: Sep 2000
Location: Indianapolis, In. U.S.
Well I've run into a huge problem on my mustang. Was putting the ATI balancer on and the bolt snapped on the install tool (when I went to buy the same kit, out of 6 amazon reviews, 3 reviews gave the kit 1* and said they also snapped the bolt, so maybe it was partly my lack of mechanical skill and part cheap install bolt). About 1/2" of the tip of the bolt broke off in the crank, but it was really hard to get to because the threads are about 2" inside the crank. So I bought some long drill bits and bolt extractors and thought I was making good progress. However, it appears that as I was drilling it didn't go straight (I was working blind because of that 2" gap). I've gotten most of the broken piece out and will be able (I think) to get the rest out tonight, but I'm really worried that the threads inside the crank are ruined from where the drill bit didn't go straight. Is the only option to replace the crank? I can't put into words how angry I am about this and upset with myself. I may just get out of the car game altogether because I'm not a good enough mechanic to work on stuff myself and shops tend to rip me off and do shoddy work.
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