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so my rust bucket ford escort is having some issues.


I just went to replace all the brake lines, and after doing so, i went to bleed the brakes. No problem right? Wrong!

I bled the back wheels no problem, but i went to the front and with my correct sized pliers, i stripped the bolts on the bleeder screws. I used my trusty visegrips, and tore both the bleeder screws off, with oth bringing any ANY of the threads along with the top of the bolt. I now have 2 bleeder screw threadings that are flush to my calipers, and no way to get them out. I am still somewatt of a novice mechanic, so i don't know how to get these out. Please give me some ideas so i can get my baby on the road.

other problem, the engine runs, but not very well

it starts up quick, but ends up running really rough, sounds like a harley engine, and it will not idle evenly at regular RPM. I only have it running evenly at around 4500 rpm, and even then when it gets hot, it will bog down, start sounding like a harley, and then stall out again.

I have changed the plugs, all the wires are sparking fine as far as i can tell.

past owner said that the "hall effect" secsor was over heating, i have no idea if that is related to this, but do you have any ideas about what this might be? I'm baffled. I should note, the car has 1/4 a tank of 3 year old gas in it, and 1/4 tank of new gas as well, i haven't been able to run out of the car or siphon it out yet.


Thanks guys.
 

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for the bleeder screws, you can get 'thread extrators.' they look kind of like a drill bit with a backwards thread. You screw them into the hole (if there is one. if not, you might need to drill one) left after breaking the bolt. Might also hear them called 'easy outs'. I can't help you on the second problem though. good luck.
 

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I dont see how a hall effect sensor can overheat....cause they use magnets for those sensors.
 

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exactly what i was thinking! it just made no sense.

Do you guys know any good ways to loosen the threads? Don't say WD40, i tried that
 

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I use extractors with an Oxy-acetelene torch. If you don't have a torch, Then I don't know.
 

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If you have so much rust, other parts might be seized inside, you might replace the calipers, the new set would have all the parts well lubricated and it will not break the bank.
 

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A re-man set of calipers might be a good choice. Some of them start out at $10-15 at my local auto parts store. You'd get newer seals and possibly save a lot of time and hassle. If they were that rusted on anyway, who know the rest of the caliper's condition.
 
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