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42 thoughts on “Bolts snapped in cylinder head! 2004 tahoe 5.3”
  1. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jamie Wood says:

    Why not just heat them up and take them off with ease!?!?

  2. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Nate says:

    I work on Industrial HAVC/R on the east coast and we have to deal with screws like this. It gets to the point that we grab our torches and say “it can’t be tight if it is liquid. And we will liquify the screw, bolt or nut.

  3. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Earl Wilson says:

    Ray please remove your ring while working on vehicles, because i myself have gotton my finger smashed while wearing a ring and broke my finger the doctor had to cut the ring off my finger, as safe precoution , please as one of your loyal subscibers and watchers, thank you and bless u and your family

  4. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Earl Wilson says:

    Black electricle tape is a machanics bandaide I know i'm a machnac myself

  5. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Sman7290 says:

    You are your own first responder. Remember, you need the right gear and the right training.

    Breaks out the electrical tape…

  6. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars V R says:

    I understand everybody wants to contribute something meaningful, but why do you have to say it can't be stuck if it's liquid, if it's already been said three million times? IT CAN'T BE STUCK IF IT'S LIQUID!

  7. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars NWSanta says:

    I'm glad I am not the only one that uses Electrical tape as a band aid. 😀

  8. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars ahoy there mate says:

    ray bugger all this stuff mate here is the car ive got , not my car but the same a great car that anybody can fix and you can stand in the engine bay check out the general motors Holdens EH station Wagon Mate from aussie enjoy thanks for the great vids Ray. cheers

  9. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Austin says:

    It is so refreshing that you don’t edit out all the little PIA things. Any other channel would’ve made those exhaust bolts look like they all came out within the span of 30 seconds. Meanwhile I’m sitting over here halfway convinced I’m the modern day equivalent of Forest Gump because it’s been 35 mins and a dozen F-bombs later and I STILL don’t have them all out!

  10. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Todd says:

    Please waist 10 minutes and just remove the wheels and inner fender wells and you can stand and work on all these issues at perfect height right in front of you.

  11. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Christopher Wise says:

    IT IS A SUBURBAN, with the Tahoe package

  12. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Whitetailjedi says:

    MEDIC!!! I mean BLACK TAPE STAT! I wonder how many lives and fingers duck and black tape have saved over the years? Stupid mother £@€&!∆% exhaust bolts! Only messed with one set my whole life and I talked a buddy into helping me install headers and full Borla exhaust on my '17 Camaro SS. What shoulda been a Saturday afternoon and a few cold ones, ended up being an afternoon and nearly an entire Sunday! Exhaust parts especially nuts and bolts fight like their lives depend on it, man they just don't want to give up easy at all! Never again will I do exhaust anything… goes straight to a shop, period! Man it was worth it though, picked up several more ponies and it sounds so sweet it has to be down in the 30s before I drive around with my windows up😎🤘💪🔥
    Love your shares Ray! Ya got a great personality and perfect disposition for this stuff and your a hilarious charismatic entertainer as well as a top notch wrencher. It's really great to see people that are good at this stuff actually become successful and have your channel build up as well as it has. I wish ya all the best Ray and I hope your channel continues to grow, you have certainly earned and deserve all the rewards and benefits! Keep on keepin on brother Ray, and keep that tape handy, never know when your gonna tear out a kidney, slice a jugular, or get a paper cut in your arm pit!😉☠️

  13. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars frankthespank says:

    You use to have P.B Blaster and you’d spray everything with it, what happened?

  14. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Naeromusic says:

    Whenever I use joints on a impact they snap lol then again every bolt on the undercarriage is rusted to death

  15. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars harold h says:

    heat is the universal solution

  16. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars xxxxCOOKIESxxxx says:

    Reverse foolishness take your time not breaking the plug wires

  17. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars ThatSly B says:

    Theres a reason ratchets are the size they are… making them much longer breaks bolts. Also spraying PB blaster on bolts 3 seconds before turning them doesnt do anything…

  18. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars ThatSly B says:

    Tell me you arent revving that car in park…. youre a mechanic

  19. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars GameCastCubed says:

    When you heat stuff try cool it down quickly with water this helps a lot also you don't have the torch set right

  20. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Mike Wall says:

    It can't be stuck if it's liquid

  21. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars throttle bottle says:

    Q: how many bolts will break/snap and be a total pain to remove?
    A: all of them 🤣

  22. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars aa999xyz says:

    after heating it up, put some penetrating oil. It will suck it into the stuck area

  23. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Wrench97 97 says:

    Heat, Heat and More Heat, if it's liquid it can't be stuck…………….

  24. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Larissa Powell says:

    The only thing I hate worse than cylinder head bolts on a 5.3 is the same bolt on the ford 5.4

  25. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars V H says:

    Hate broken exhaust bolts. The 5.7 Hemi is notorious for it. At least the Hemi is easy to get to.

  26. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Michael says:

    A job like this is easy for a machinists. Evac the refrigerant. Drain the coolant.. pull the heads. Lap the valves at the same time or just replace the heads. High milage engine needs to be freshened up.

  27. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars MrZerocool5000 says:

    my strategy for exhaust bolts/nuts is if it doesn't look newish go straight for the heat

  28. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Bob W says:

    Lol!!!! Leaning tower of socket extensions !!!! Ahahahaha! I remember working on my own stuff years ago. I respect the hell out of mechanics after watching your videos. I told myself years ago no more working on my own stuff. I’ll pay to get it done. Actually lately I’ve been trading my stuff in right when warranty runs out. Lol!! Not now though. I’ll be keeping my latest ride for a long time. Lol. And honestly a guy can’t work on stuff nowadays anymore as stuff so technical

  29. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars todd denio says:

    In situations like those Y-pipe bolts I would heat it red hot then quench it with a spray of water. Do it 3 times THEN take the nuts off or the bots out. It works over 90% of the time and saves the studs. Then if that doesn’t work or for some reason I couldn’t heat and quench it I would switch over to using a slimline nut splitter or in a few rare cases an old but unmarked offset slimline nut splitter. I have not had to change a stud that I broke in a very long time

  30. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Steve Jones says:

    That broken off flush bolt is in the worst possible position in that engine bay. I do not envy you that job. If you can get that done without taking the head off then that would be very well done.

    However, at least it's an OHV so taking the head off is a lot less work than on an OHC engine. If it was me, I'd want to do that on a bench, not working near blind up against the bulkhead. Once the decision was made to replace the spark plugs, I'd have left them in and removed them after the manifold was removed as it wouldn't matter if they got broken, access would be easier and avoids crud falling into the cylinders.

  31. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars DivideBy Zero says:

    That's the difference between me and a professional mechanic. If I was doing this job, I would be replacing the manifolds as well as most of the wiring loom and rubber lines due to my over judicious use of acetylene.

  32. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars David Sh331 says:

    So what happened with the broken off bolts. Part 2 coming?

  33. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars John Smith says:

    You know that before accountants designed cars…the design engineers, at least in the UK, used long brass nuts on good quality exhaust studs as OEM.
    Brass doesn't rust.
    Brass nuts unscrew easily.
    Brass nuts are cheap compared with the time and effort it takes to deal with steel nuts.
    Bring back big brass nuts for the studs.

  34. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars richardwernst says:

    I don't have a lot of experience with manifolds, etc. but what/why would those bolts break? Once installed, they just sit there, yes?

  35. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Gerry Nightingale says:

    I had to remove a 10mm cap-nut from a variator on a 'CVT' transmission and could NOT move it and tried every trick in the book except using a 'cheater-bar' for fear it might damage the threads on the spindle
    ( That would mean an expensive part and tearing everything down to replace it if damaged )
    I bought a hammer-drill at 'Wally' and still 'No joy in Mudville' so I thought on it for awhile and bent a dime w/pliers just enough so it would fit inside the socket, racked on the power and IT WORKED!
    The cap-nut came off 'easy-peasy'
    ( I had tried transmission fluid/propane torch/spearmint oil/more heat soak/and nothing worked! )
    A dime did the trick w/o having to look-for special sockets and buy a set

  36. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Garth Junor says:

    Why does the phone have an extension into the workshop? Seems to be nothing but an annoyance.

  37. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars harry walker says:

    if you put never sieze, greese, & a vacuum grommett, on the threads, they dont rust & are easy to get off,,only drawback is, stinks driving the car..

  38. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Daniel Hylton says:

    I'm in largo…across the way from ya!

  39. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Daniel Hylton says:

    So whars the vid of extraction???????? LOL

  40. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Sean says:

    Would panther piss (acetone and ATF) have helped any here?

  41. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jeffry Blackmon says:

    Those Y pipe nuts have only had 18 years to get cozy with the studs. Another like added to the 10K already garnered. I enjoy your videos and your analyses as you work. One thought: it may be time to put the "click" terminology to bed. I hope you have a great weekend.

  42. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars geo miller says:

    Dremel tool with cut off wheel. Cut enough to split the nut on both sides but not cut thread Five minutes. Been doing it for fifty years. Air chisel to pop the nut. Torch have used it takes to long. Used it to quickly remove heat froze bearing race in the past. Small tool for big jobs too.

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