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Bolt Busted my Block?

Bolt Busted my Block?

Postby Angelo118 [OP] » Jan 09 2011, 5:21am

I'm new to the forum and jusr picked up my truck this week. I went to start it the day after I got it home and it cranked then just heard a griding noise. Previous owner said it had a new starter. I was told it was more than likely just a loose starter bolt or something. I checked it out and to my dismay I found that the bolt that goes on the outerside of the block had the threads exposed. The picture is below is there something I can do to fix this I've never had any issues like this ever before and am pretty puzzled. Is it possibly that it's only bolted into the bell housing and it can be replaced or something?

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Re: Bolt Busted my Block?

Postby thirdgen » Jan 09 2011, 4:48pm

From what I see in the picture, it looks like whoever put the starter bolt in totally missed the bolt hole. I think there are 2 bolts that hold the starter in. Take both of em out and pull out the starter. Then look again, and also take a picture and repost it. Hopefully there are 2 bolt holes to thread in to.
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Re: Bolt Busted my Block?

Postby Angelo118 [OP] » Jan 09 2011, 8:51pm

They didn't miss the hole. Instead the hole where it's supposed to go into seems to be cracked in half exposing the bolt. Not quite sure what to do now. I'll take a picture shortly and try to post it.
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Re: Bolt Busted my Block?

Postby Angelo118 [OP] » Jan 09 2011, 10:31pm

I tried to get the bolt to work I covered the bolt with alot of tephlon(sp?) tape and it help for a little while but as I started to crank it it just came loose after a few seconds. I just hosed the engine bay the other day I guess it wasn't the best idea maybe something got wet so it's giving me trouble starting. But still not my primary issue right now.
Here's the picture, you can see the bolt hole on the starter on the bottom. And right above it where there's supposed to be engine block enclosed on the bolt but just exposed block threads. I left the bolt out for this picture.
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And incase you wanted to see a better or larger picture here's a direct link.
http://i135.photobucket.com/albums/q160 ... /62896.jpg
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Re: Bolt Busted my Block?

Postby lzn197 » Jan 10 2011, 1:34pm

Looks like a broken block. No wonder the dude sold the truck.
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Re: Bolt Busted my Block?

Postby thirdgen » Jan 10 2011, 4:13pm

Exactly what I was thinking. Sounds like a lawsuit to me. That's not something that "just happens" without someone not knowing about it.
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Re: Bolt Busted my Block?

Postby Hartski » Jan 10 2011, 4:31pm

That sucks. Hopefully the laws in your state allow you to take it back and get your money back.
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Re: Bolt Busted my Block?

Postby lzn197 » Jan 10 2011, 5:19pm

I hope the salesman makes it right for you.
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Re: Bolt Busted my Block?

Postby Angelo118 [OP] » Jan 12 2011, 4:06am

I actually ended up buying the truck from a private seller. He told me about how it ran great and all kinds of crap. And I did find it somewhat pecilure(sp?) as to how when I was test driving the truck he slipped into the paperwork a bill of sale stating the truck was sold "as is." So I'm not really sure what the hell to do the reason i had the money to buy this truck was I've had my rsx the past 3 years I worked through highschool and bought a GMC Sierra. Sold that because diesel was too expensive and needed better fuel economy. bought my car and just been working on it since. But in md Dec. I was responding to an accident call in my car and ended up sliding off the road. So I guess I try and do good only to get screwed, Great anyone still have any ideas how to fix this?
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Re: Bolt Busted my Block?

Postby jepics » Jan 12 2011, 5:02am

Check with your state's lemon laws. The dirtbag obviously knew what he was doing. The likelihood of the lemon laws working for you in this situation is somewhat questionable. Do you have the time and money to persue a lawsuit while the truck sits? Most people don't have the patience it would take.

My only other suggestion is to take it to the best welder you can find - someone who has expertise in welding cast iron. Maybe they can cut in and weld a nut onto the block to take the place of the missing chunk of iron.

Stabilizing that starter is essential - before it does more damage flopping around.
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