Broken bolt while installing hitch!!

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  1. TomStacey616

    TomStacey616 Southeast CT

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    I need your help oh wonderful PuPPortal folks!! My wife and I purchased a new2us pop up in the fall and have yet to use it due to the winter here in CT. It's a light one, 1994 Starcraft 1221 Space Flyer. Our TV is a Jeep Grand Cherokee. It doesn't have the tow package but it is currently being installed... BUT, one minor issue. The last bolt for the hitch, snapped in the frame. IF you know Jeeps, inside the frame is one of those pesky "nut-zerts", so now the bolt and nutzert is spinning. What do I do? A friend of ours who also camps suggested having a friend of mine do a few tack welds on it. Personally, I would like to know if there are any kind of bolts that anyone knows about that I could possibly use. Here are some more details: Not taking off the rear bumper, too much work for me and if i break something else, the DW is gonna be PO'd! [LOL] No room to really drill a hole in the side of the frame in order to slide another grade 8 bolt in there...
    Thoughts? Suggestions? Thanks!!
    OH yea, 1994 Starcraft model 1221, 1300#'s Dry Weight, 2004 Jeep Grand TV.
     
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    dfab New Member

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    Hi I cant remember the frame setup in your jeep but hear is a trick I use for spots that are hard to get to. if you can get the broken bolt with the nut out of the way some times using a long punch and a hammer to nock it out of the way works. have your friend tack weld a new nut and washer with lockwasher together then tack a coat hanger to that so you can feed it through the frame then you need an impact gun to zing it in place or if your lucky a ratchet might work. GOOD LUCK!
     
  3. Storm Trooper

    Storm Trooper Home is where you park it!

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    The easiest way would be to weld it, providing the gas tank is not nearby. [:O]
    I have read that you could drill them out and use a larger nutsert. I'm not sure I would do that though.
    It used to be many years ago that most hitches were welded to the frame. Certainly the most secure method if the welds are done correctly.

    Welcome to the Portal and check out the rallies we have planned all over New England for 2010. Most of them should be a couple hour drive from you if you are interested.
     
  4. Raycfe

    Raycfe Waterford Ct.

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    If I may ask ...... where in Ct. In some cases the head of the bolt that turns could be cut of with a die grinder. After that the bolt(minus head) could be pushed into the frame channel. Then a bolt with some stiff wire wrapped around the threads could be fished in so the bolt hangs out of the frame, then a nut could lock it all together. But the best bet would be to have the frame nut tacked in place. If it is the rear holes ..... remove the bumper .... the hardest part is drilling out the rivets at the rear of the tire opening. Remember these are metric bolts, 10mm I think, After the broken bolt is removed .... run the correct size tap thru the holds. I think a commercial welding shop could solve most of problem. Pick one that does hitches, snow plows, etc.
     
  5. TomStacey616

    TomStacey616 Southeast CT

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    Ray,
    I'm starting to get an idea here from what you've suggested. I'm out by the casinos.... anyway.. It is the last rear hole on the drivers side.. Don't really feel like taking off the hitch to take off the bumper... my father-in-law assisted me in installing this puppy and we both struggled a bit as the hitch was "tight." When we were doing this last bolt, we hauled on the breaker bar a bit too much and the nutzert in the frame is spinning with the bolt. SO, after what you've said, i'm thinking of cutting the head off the bolt, and see if i can get a washer/lock washer/new nut zipped up nice and tight... Thoughts? Like I mentioned earlier, I have a friend that welds and when he has time, we'll tackle it if I can't get it done any other way.
     
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    Hi,

    My [2C]

    I would look at cutting the head off in an attempt to drive the whole mess out of the hitch/frame. You have potentially weakend the bolt threads in the threaded insert already by laying the breaker bar on them. By the time you cut the head off the bolt, there could be more head degradation of the bolt caused by the cutting......the integrety of that bolt is an unknown at this point. If you can get the mess out, you could probably get in there with a right-angle drill to clean the hole out and pop a Grade 8 bolt in.

    If you try cutting the head off and putting a nut onto the stud sticking out, you will probably have a bear of a time getting it threaded too.

    Good Luck!
     
  7. Raycfe

    Raycfe Waterford Ct.

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    Cutting the head off and getting a nut to start on the cut bolt you will have to very lucky. Get a nice new nut from someplace like a full service hardware store like Montville, Sergants, and Johnsons. You did not say which casino. If you do run in a bind, I'm in the neighborhood. Exit 78 I395.
     
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    If you decide to weld anything on a car be sure you disconnect the positive battery cable before you weld or you can fry the alternator. Also have a fire extinguisher handy, a lot under a car will burn.
     
  9. TomStacey616

    TomStacey616 Southeast CT

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    Ray, I'm neighboring with Mohegan Sun..."Do you need some Sun?" I think i'm going to crawl under the Jeep to take another look at what I can do.

    Bearnbrie, thanks!! Yeah, I would have forgotten that, hopefullly friend I know up one town would know to do that!!

    Thanks all... Think i'm going to try to get another grade 8 bolt/nut on this somehow before we weld it on.
     

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