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Removing Snapped Off Bleeders? #5432791 05/18/20 08:08 PM
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Is there a trick to removing broke off brake bleeder screws? My first thought was heat and an easy-out (backwards drill bit), but I suspect heat might screw up the seals in the caliper. Should I just drill into the screw, lots of penetrating oil and remove with easy-out? Calipers are in good condition otherwise, so trying to avoid the expense of new calipers.


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Re: Removing Snapped Off Bleeders? [Re: 92saturnsl2] #5432811 05/18/20 08:31 PM
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That's how I do them. Drill, heat, quench with cold water and easy-out'em. Never had to replace a seal from heating the bleeder screw. I have bought a caliper after breaking off the easy-out in it. </frownyface>

Re: Removing Snapped Off Bleeders? [Re: 92saturnsl2] #5432998 05/19/20 06:11 AM
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What is the cost of a remanufactured caliper for your application? Might not be worth the trouble, cursing, etc.

Re: Removing Snapped Off Bleeders? [Re: 92saturnsl2] #5433001 05/19/20 06:15 AM
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Is it for the 1996 Grand Prix?

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Re: Removing Snapped Off Bleeders? [Re: 92saturnsl2] #5433014 05/19/20 06:44 AM
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Drill with a left handed drill bit.

Seems you would need to disassemble & clean the entire caliber and clean out possible bits of metal from drilling. Then probably need a rebuild kit.

Time for a reman caliper.


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Re: Removing Snapped Off Bleeders? [Re: 92saturnsl2] #5433015 05/19/20 06:45 AM
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The time to apply PB Blaster is the night before. Not after.


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Re: Removing Snapped Off Bleeders? [Re: 92saturnsl2] #5433016 05/19/20 06:46 AM
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EZ-Outs are misnamed.


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Re: Removing Snapped Off Bleeders? [Re: 92saturnsl2] #5433021 05/19/20 06:57 AM
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Always use some sort of penetrant at least a day prior to trying to loosen bleeders . In the Rust Belt I like to start a week or two prior. 12 point wrenches have no business around these little🤬. Somewhere along the decades I smartened up with these things that live in the caustic soup. If I found if the caliper assembly looked really funky it was easier faster and down the road better to just buy a rebuilt caliper and save the hassles that come from old rusty calipers post 100,000 miles.

Re: Removing Snapped Off Bleeders? [Re: Donald] #5433032 05/19/20 07:18 AM
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Originally Posted by Donald
The time to apply PB Blaster is the night before. Not after.

was told this about 20 years ago by a mechanic

Re: Removing Snapped Off Bleeders? [Re: Donald] #5433042 05/19/20 07:31 AM
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Originally Posted by Donald
EZ-Outs are misnamed.

LOL correcto

Re: Removing Snapped Off Bleeders? [Re: 92saturnsl2] #5433044 05/19/20 07:33 AM
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A shard of steel might, no, will fall into the caliper.

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You obviously don't drill through the end of the bleeder.

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Originally Posted by ripcord
You obviously don't drill through the end of the bleeder.

The bleeder screw doesn't have a through hole?


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Re: Removing Snapped Off Bleeders? [Re: ripcord] #5433274 05/19/20 12:21 PM
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Good luck with that.
When I restore/remake road worthy an older car I replace the brake system. Brakes are priority #1 IMO. Why mess around with a broken bleeder on a corroded caliper?

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Re: Removing Snapped Off Bleeders? [Re: IMSA_Racing_Fan] #5433722 05/19/20 09:26 PM
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Originally Posted by IMSA_Racing_Fan
Is it for the 1996 Grand Prix?


Where did you find that price? The caliper pictured looks like neither the front or rear on this car (96 Grand Prix).


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