Broken Axle Housing Stud

Discussion in '95-older Toyota Truck Tech' started by Trevor, Feb 11, 2009.

  1. Trevor

    Trevor

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    Is it worth the trouble to remove this broken stud? Two other studs broke, and I got them out with vise-grips and cursing, but this one is really rusted into place. I can't get a drill in there because the gas tank is in the way. I could weld a nut on the end, but once again, the gas tank is in the way, and I don't want to flux-core that close to the tank.

    I'm thinking about just siliconing around it. Yeah, i know....it's really half-assed; but I'm sick of wrenching on this rusted-out POS. Any advice or encouragement?

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  2. ms018kmf

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    If you've got a welder handy you could burn on a cheap socket or something.
     
  3. GRM

    GRM Finding new adventures in old jalopies. Moderator

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    Umm, lots of PB blaster and a pair of vice grips.

    If it is still stuck, use a little heat from a torch.

    Heck, it looks like you may have enough threads on there to double nut it off. Or as mentioned before, thread on a nut, tack weld it in place (or if you dont have a welder, put the nut on, and use alot of quiksteel on the threads, and both sides of the nut), then zip it off with an impact gun.
     
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    I think you will be fine if you leave it but I personally wouldn't be able to. Do you have a stud extractor? It looks like there's plenty of thread to use one.
     
  5. Trevor

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    Thanks for the encouragement. The threads are chewed-up from me trying the vise-grips. It's been sitting for two days with PB Blaster. I have a welder, but I was hesitant to weld that close to the gas tank. Is that a big no-no?
     
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    Try a small pipe wrench first. Make sure it's small and has good sharp teeth.
     
  7. 2ndGenToyotaFan

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    It's complicated....
    If it comes to welding there, just cover the tank with a burn jacket, or something nonflammable... You're only going to be welding for a few seconds.... :cheers:
     
  8. KLF

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    A little heat with a propane torch can do amazing things. Give it a try then crank on it again with the ViseGrips. If it still won't come out, then give the welder trick a try. Wrap a wet blanket around the gas tank.
     
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    I had a hub stud like that, I grabbed an open end wrench that fit over the stud and tacked it on good with the welder. It came right out. Really you aren't welding for that long, I used a couple really hot tack welds. Cover the tank with a welding blanket or foil and you should be fine.
     
  10. GRM

    GRM Finding new adventures in old jalopies. Moderator

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    That close to the gas tank? Its about 2-3' away. I weld 2" from the gas tank without thinking twice.

    Don't over think it.
     
  11. 2ndGenToyotaFan

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    It's complicated....
    Unless your tank is leaking.... then you need to fix that first! :cheers:
     
  12. Trevor

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    you can see the edge of the tank in the first picture. It's a reg cab / short bed with no lift. Maybe that's why it's so close. :confused: I've seen muffler shops weld around gas tanks, and they do nothing. Now that I've calmed down, I'm gonna try it today...
     
  13. GRM

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    I left my camera at the shop, but I have a picture of me using the plasma cutter, with the sparks hitting the gas tank for about 20 minutes.

    I think you will be fine.
     
  14. Trevor

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    I got it out yesterday with some MAPP gas and visegrips. Thanks for the support. The rest of the locker install went fine, except I lost my marks for the backlash adjusters. :bang:
     
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