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Broken Cab Bolt

Broken Cab Bolt

Postby PMEDIC9 [OP] » Mar 07 2012, 10:03pm

I was taking my step son and his friends out to the gym and 2 of them stepped on my Back Country tube running bars and the front part that bolts to the cab mount broke the bolt right off. It doesn't appear to be an easy fix as the bolt comes down from the top and may be part of the mount. Is there an easy way to repair this I would at least like to make sure the cab mount is secured but if I could also repair it so I could bolt the bar back on that would be great. The bolt appears to be broken just below the rubber insulator. Any suggestions would be great and thanks for the help.
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Re: Broken Cab Bolt

Postby ASTE25 » Mar 07 2012, 10:23pm

Do you have any pictures? I'm thinking this is the cab mount bolt that the step is attached to. If that is the case, how did it break, was it rusted?
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Re: Broken Cab Bolt

Postby PMEDIC9 [OP] » Mar 07 2012, 10:34pm

It was rusted and broke almost flush with the rubber insulator i do no have any photos at this time. I'm not a welder so I would have to have someone else maybe weld a bolt onto the metal thats let it be extended back to proper length. This is the curse of living in the salt belt of New England.
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Re: Broken Cab Bolt

Postby ASTE25 » Mar 08 2012, 5:56am

I would not weld to that bolt, it could get the rubber mount so hot it either will loose it's load carrying abality or catch fire, and then the broken bolt would no longer be a problem. I would just get a new set of bolts and install them. I'm not sure of the set up of your truck, but you may be able to access them by pulling the carpet back.
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Re: Broken Cab Bolt

Postby CKNSLS » Mar 08 2012, 6:38am

I read a fix on another site but it was for a 2010 where a guy broke his body bolt off putting on some running boards. In the new ones you actually have to cut the floor in the cab to get to the body bolts. You might want to do a search because the site I am thinking about competes against this one and I probably can't link it. The fix was actually a "how to" that the dealer uses.
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Re: Broken Cab Bolt

Postby ASTE25 » Mar 08 2012, 6:48am

That's crazy if true. I wonder how they get them in at the factory.
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Re: Broken Cab Bolt

Postby PMEDIC9 [OP] » Mar 09 2012, 2:27am

I wonder if i could drill it and use an easy out to unthread it. I could try to spray PB Blaster on whats left and try to remove any rust and see if I could get it out. It's probaly in there pretty tight after 11 years of road salt.
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Re: Broken Cab Bolt

Postby StarsnBars » Mar 09 2012, 2:44am

Head to your local auto parts store or Sears, etc. Talk to the counter man. He will lead you to a Bolt extractor tool. This little tool will get you fixed in no time.
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Re: Broken Cab Bolt

Postby ASTE25 » Mar 09 2012, 2:57am

I would probably loosen all the bolts (replacing any rusted ones) and lift the cab enough to get between the cab and the frame with one of these: http://www.channellock.com/414-NUTBUSTER-Plier.aspx. If you can not get it loose with one of these (assuming you can get a good grip) it would be time to break out the blue wrench (torch).
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Re: Broken Cab Bolt

Postby SierraMike2010 » Mar 09 2012, 3:02am

a bolt extractor aint going to work on a cab bolt, and those channels locks might work but after knowing what NE does to trucks its not pretty and some bolts need some heat atleast to break free, you could get lucky and be able to break er free without heat. but most likely knowing the locations and how our trucks look after ten years i would prob say no lol
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