2000 e46 323ci eibach fitting AAARRRRRR!!!!!

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    Well as some of you may know i fitted some powerflex bushes a few months ago and made a how to, if you saw the how to you will have noticed the jack at the end Well i thought i will fit my eibach springs today and make a how to, did the drivers side, got some pics, all was going well,,,,,,,,,,,untill i aproched the passenger side. just as i went to undo the 18mm bolt though the strut and hub, the crappy thing snapped
    So as not to get to annoyed i thought i would drill it out, And of course i have about 50 drill bits, all blunt!!!
    And to cap it off 1 of the little ones has snapped in side the hole!
    So i guess i will be going out hunting for a really good quality drill bit now, not only to drill out the already high tensity steel bolt, but to drill out the old drill bit!
    Guess i will carry on tomorrow, do the rears, take some pics, and attempt to front bolt.
     
     

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    Oh dear, I don't mean to put a dampner (pardon the pun) on things but you might have a major problem drilling through another drill bit with the same hardness drill. I'd go and get some titanium coated ones or something and keep the bench grinder handy to keep sharpening them. Whatever happens try not to let your drill bit overheat as it will just harden the bits even further, use plenty of cutting fluid if you can get hold of it. You may even have to get the old stuck bit spark eroded. Sure you can't get at the offending part with an angle grinder or Dremmel with a cutting disk in?

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    Quote Originally Posted by binman View Post
    Oh dear, I don't mean to put a dampner (pardon the pun) on things but you might have a major problem drilling through another drill bit with the same hardness drill. I'd go and get some titanium coated ones or something and keep the bench grinder handy to keep sharpening them. Whatever happens try not to let your drill bit overheat as it will just harden the bits even further, use plenty of cutting fluid if you can get hold of it. You may even have to get the old stuck bit spark eroded. Sure you can't get at the offending part with an angle grinder or Dremmel with a cutting disk in?

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    The bit thats stuck is a cheap black coloured metal bit, was thinking of buying a carbide bit, or like you say a titaniam bit, and attacking it from the other side!
     
     

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    Well done mate, keep at it

    If corrosion is the problem perhaps give them a couple of sprays over a few days with WD40 before trying to get them undone.
     
     

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    Managed to drill most of the bolt out! Had to buy 2 cobalt drill bits, but had to sharpen them 4 times, scared to do the backs now, just incase the damper bolt snaps!
     
     

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