Removing a Sav-A-Thread by Helicoil

dodge
caravan

#1

Has anyone ever removed a Sav-A-Thread Helicoil? they installed one due to stripping the threads on the middle plug in the back on a 3.3L Dodge Caravan. It is not in straight and the plug keeps fouling out after about 1,000 miles. This will be the third time to replace the plug. I want to try to remove the insert and either re-drill and re-tap it. Any suggestions?


#2

Obtain a Helicoil removal tool.

Tester


#3

When you drill out the plug hole the old helicoil will be part of the drilled out shavings. A little warning, there are only so many times you can drill out and re-tap a hole. Each time you do it it gets a little larger and you have to use larger and larger coil. Also, you better make sure none of the shavings fall into that hole.


#4

Thanks, My concern is the Sav-A-Thread system is a little different then a traditional Helicoil. The insert is a solid piece. Just a little nervous about getting it all the way out.


#5

I’ve used the tool to remove Save-A Thread and helicoil type inserts.

It works on both.

Tester


#6

Thanks for the vote of confidence I needed. I’ll try it and let all know how it goes.


#7

Before you try to do this yourself, ask the local auto machine shop how they’d do it, and how much they’d charge to do it for you. I think that might be a better option here.