Q: Unable to remove starter bolts...jb welded.

asked by on

I am unable to remove the lower starter bolt Previous replacement they use JB Weld on the bolt Have tried torching freezing and three different Extractor socket sets and wrenches Have also attempted to drill out drill through with no success. Any suggestions would be wonderful. Vehicle suffers from mega rust

My car has 1900000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

If the bolt threads are "welded" to the female threads in the hole (whether via JB weld or rust), you have no choice but to just drill it out as best you can. The bolt is probably hardened steel (if it weren’t you’d already have it out) so you need an appropriate bit such as a carbide tipped bit. Also, to make sure the new hole, which will have to be tapped, is on the right spot so you can properly re-install the starter, it’s best to set up a jig, to keep the bit in position. There is no such thing as a bolt that cannot be removed, so if you desire, a certified mechanic can be dispatched to resolve this at your location. To go that route, please request service and the responding certified mechanic will get this taken care of for you. If you have any further questions, do not hesitate to re-contact YourMechanic as we are always here to help you.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1,000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. Unable to remove starter bolts...jb welded.

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: My truck died while driving. Now will start, but dies when I push brake. If I start in neutral, I can put in drive and go but dies - 2003 Ford F250

Hello - your symptoms suggest that once your cold start features are no longer needed - engine warming up - there is an air "leak" that ruins low speed running. Causes could be a leaking exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) valve,...

Q: Can I just replace the ac clutch or bypass the ac altogether?

Hi There, No, generally the AC clutch spins with the AC compressor. As you may know the AC Clutch is the pulley that spins with the Belt. There are two ports on the rear of the Compressor. One is a...

Q: I keep getting OBD-II codes P0171 and P0174

Since you have codes that both banks are lean then the problem will most likely be from air entering the intake manifold after the mass air sensor. The idle air control valve should not have any air leaks from the...

Related articles

What Causes Hoses to Leak?
While the largest part of your engine is mechanical, hydraulics plays a significant role. You’ll find fluids at work in a number of different areas. Your car's fluids include: Engine oil Transmission...
P2428 OBD-II Trouble Code: Exhaust Gas Temperature Too High Bank 1
P2428 code definition A P2428 trouble code signifies that the PCM has detected a problem in the exhaust gas temperature sensor circuit in bank 1, which subsequently contains the number one...
How Much Does a Mechanic Make in Vermont?
Automotive technician jobs in Vermont have an average mechanic salary of $37k, with some mechanics earning a salary of $53k.