I tripped off the head on a bolt which is at the bottom of my gear box - Snowblower Forum : Snow Blower Forums
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I tripped off the head on a bolt which is at the bottom of my gear box

The thread is still inside and it is tight for now. But I think as soon as I use it it will not hold tight? Just the head came off, thread still inside.

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You can try to drill it out and retap the hole. Or weld on a nut and try backing it out (the heat from the welder will help loosen it). Or get one of those doodads that drills it self in and allows you to back it out. But put a LOT of PB blaster or Kroil or whatever on that bolt first.
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The threads stick out a bit,maybe enough for me to lock onto the bolt and twist it out. I guess?
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If you can't get a grip on it…get yourself an "easy out" also called a screw extractor ….they come in different sizes.

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Prob will end up having to drill and retap as stated. If the head broke off, odds are the little bit still sticking out is not going to be enough for you to grab and twist out with vice grips. Drilling and retapping is not that bad as long as you take your time. Start with a small bit and work your way up until you get it out.

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Depending on how the gearbox is set up, you might have a lot of bolt sticking out once you take the gearbox apart.

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If you have to drill to use the easy out get a drill bit that is twisted "backwards", a twist to the left as opposed to standard bits that twist to the right. To drill the drill motor runs in "reverse" and generally the bolt will come out without the need of the easy out. They work wonders. I keep an index of them for just such occasions.
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Just the head is off, the rest of the threads are holding it together.

Can I make it through at least one snow storm before fixing it?
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Just the head is off, the rest of the threads are holding it together.

Can I make it through at least one snow storm before fixing it?

Impossible to say.
One thing you could try is to take a center punch and expand what is remaining of the threads. That may provide enough metal to hold for awhile.
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If it's not the only bolt holding things together may not be an issue. But again, if you have a little MIG you could weld a nut on to it, welding in the hole of the nut.
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