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    I was tightening the wheel bolts after washing my car yesterday and one of them snapped in the hole! How can i get the remaining bit out? Can it be pushed through and out the other side or will it need drilling out?

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    Maybe either. If the bolt never went all the way through, the unused far end of the threaded hole will be fairly corroded so back out may be best. There are things called 'easy outs' (although its never easy!) which are like reverse threaded and tapered bolts or screws. Drill a pilot hole as centrally as possible, then get the easy out in the hole and tuen it anticlockwise - it should grip and extract the bolt.

    If you try to drill it out you have to be very precise and not damage the socket - not easy if the hub material is softer than the bolt itself.

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    Example here: http://www.axminster.co.uk/product-A...Set-462398.htm

    Use a centre punch to mark the centre before drilling and use the right size for the bolt.
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    If you take the wheel off there may be enough of the stud showing to get some grips on. Otherwise you will have to drill a hole in the stud and use a stud extractor. The tightening torgue for roadwheel bolts is 80lbf ft (110Nm) though most people overtighten them for fear of the wheel coming off.

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    Cheers guys, i may have to try this then

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