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Snapped bolt on the front bumper! :(

Discussion in 'Defender 90 / 110 / 130' started by BuzzLand, Apr 30, 2019.

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  1. BuzzLand

    BuzzLand Active Member

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    Well I got three of the four bolts out for removing my bumper and spotlight mount steelwork.

    On the forth one though I unfortunately snapped the bloody bolt off. :(

    It seems to penetrate a threaded retaining plate so can't be yanked out. I've tried to remove the bumper but, predicatably the snapped-off stud is preventing it.

    Is there any way to remove it without resorting to a bolt extractor?

    Any hints and tips appreciated.

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  2. Litch

    Litch Well-Known Member

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    Was here once many years ago.
    Fairly certain you can cut through the bottom of the bolt using a hacksaw blade, remove the bumper and then get access to the captive-nut.
     
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    My Old Landy Well-Known Member

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    All four of mine sheared off last week! I found that I could tap the bit of stud down and lever the bumper off.
    New bolts and captive nuts from Paddocks or another on line supplier and back in business :)
     
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  4. BuzzLand

    BuzzLand Active Member

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    Were you able to tap the bolt down and clear despite it being in the threaded plate section / captive bolt section? Which is where mine is at right now...
    I have the tools for punching steelwork down, never tried it for a threaded bolt though, I figure I'd need an engineers hammer for that?
     
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    My Old Landy Well-Known Member

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    Yes indeed. I was in the same predicament, I used a 10mm diameter rod and a lump hammer. A couple of good hits and the bracket will move.
    Cheers
     
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    Alright folks, I got it off in the end. I couldn't tap the bolt out as such as it was rocking about too much, but instead I wiggled the bumper off after jiggery-pokery and then grinded the stub off.
     
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    Glad you got it sorted :)
     
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    Another fabulous piece of design! It's all part of the Land Rover engineering apprenticeship "get the big hammer"!
     
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