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A broken bolt on the bottom of strut

I have to replace the strut and the bolt broke and i have no tourches so i was looking for another way to get the bolt out without having to take the breaks and caliper off. i have tryed to drill it out but failed it just didnt work.

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Have you tried useing an EZ out exstractor or left handed drill bits that can be picked up at any automotive store or tool store. If that does not work try completey drilling out the old bolt and rethread the hole for the bolt. If its on the strut and the bolt will be replaced with the new strut try useing a cut off tool to remove the bolt just to remove the strut and replace.

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