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Old 04-04-2008, 03:16 PM   #1
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Default Stripped Power Steering pump bracket bolt, ok to leave off?

well, I've done it. In the process of installing my turbo inlet, I managed to strip 1 power steering pump bracket bolt. Its the long bolt in the front, under the tensioner...what are my options? I don't know if there is enough room to work to install a helicoil...thinking of just leaving it off...the ps pump is on the car and the belt is on and tensioned...so far looks ok but wondering if there would be any long term consequences? any thoughts? thanks
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Old 04-04-2008, 04:36 PM   #2
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we stripped this one on my buddy's wrx, we left it but I couldn't tell you the long term effects because it got totalled the next day after we had just fixed it. I would definitely fix it. take out the radiator and you should have plenty of room to heli-coil it.
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Old 04-04-2008, 04:57 PM   #3
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Did it get totaled because he suddenly lost steering?
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Old 04-04-2008, 05:33 PM   #4
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Did it get totaled because he suddenly lost steering?
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Old 04-14-2008, 12:59 AM   #5
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I was about to ask that same question, haha

So I went and got a helicoil kit and installed a helicoil in there. No need to remove the radiator, just the fan and the upper radiator hose. But pretty easy over all.

I think it might have been possible to just use a longer bolt
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Old 06-11-2008, 11:11 PM   #6
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Sorry to bump from the dead, but I stripped mine out as well (didn't even reach torque specs before it popped either) - the weird thing is, is that it stripped out with the last 4 threads only. Why would subaru design a bracket/bolt that is only using the last 4 threads?
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Old 06-12-2008, 01:36 AM   #7
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The helicoil kit you need is 5546-8 M8x1.25.
I didn't enlarge the hole first. Just used the tap that came with the helicoil kit and threaded the hole then inserted the helicoil.
Like I said in my previous post, check the depth of the hole cuz you might be able to get away with just using a longer bolt...as I recall the hole goes quite a bit deeper than the bolt. Good luck.
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Old 06-12-2008, 07:37 AM   #8
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I think it might have been possible to just use a longer bolt
That'll work! I replaced all three bracket bolts with longer ones and added red locktite for extra insurance.
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Old 08-11-2010, 10:49 PM   #9
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The exact bolt just stripped out on me too only it came out with 1/2" of threads from the block which equates to nearly all the threads it would engage. I'm now considering a helicoil fix.

This seems like a design flaw. Has anyone heard from SOA about this?
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Just use a longer bolt. There are plenty of threads left, and DON'T use the german torque specs. "GÜd-n-tite"
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What about the bolt on the bottom left of the pump can i use a longer bolt on that one?
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Old 06-09-2014, 11:20 AM   #12
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is this a common problem with WRXs??

helped a buddy swap out a power steering pump - and the longest of the three PS bracket bolts became stripped on the engine block side.

the threads just came out from the engine block like it was a insert or something. its not like the bolt was cross threaded - the threads from the block came out from the block clean and smooth.

There was barely 15 ft-lbs of torque before the bolt just spun freely. At the moment we just used a longer bolt - 50mm instead of the OEM 40mm - and it seems to be fine now - but we just tightened it "finger tight" and another quarter or half turn and just left it.
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If the bolt is stripped get a set of break loose sockets
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To whoever started this thread thank you. Just stripped a bolt hole on the left corner of the bracket. Went out and got a slightly longer bolt (30 mm instead of 25) and worked perfectly with some blue loctite. Thank you for the info and preventing me from having to drill out my block in the middle of putting my car back together.
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Old 12-04-2018, 10:39 PM   #15
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i always thought those bolts were plenty long on my car? they seem to take forever to back out i have also learned it can be dangerous to use a clicker torque wrench on every little bolt all the time. with a regular ratchet you can feel things getting weird well before anything lets go. the only time i use toque wrench is engine internals/head bolts and large suspension things and wheels. its too easy to mess little bolts up with Twrenches (even small 1/4 drive one).
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