Types of Thread Repair Kits
This article will provide an overview of the types of thread repair kits available on the market today, including Helicoil thread repairing kits, stripped thread repair files, and solid nut reducing and re-threading inserts. By the end of the article, you should have a better idea of which type of thread repair kit you need. After all, you'll be spending more time working on your car than fixing your threads.
Helicoil thread repair kits
If you have a damaged thread on a screw, you can easily fix it yourself using a helicoil thread repair kit. These tools contain stainless steel coils and good quality tools. They are best used for general machine shops, auto repair shops, and farm equipment. Helicoil thread repair kits are available for various thread sizes and lengths. They are also easy to install and come with a job-specific installation/tang break-off tool.
These kits contain all the tools you need to fix stripped threads in aluminum and steel parts. The helicoil is inserted on the special installation tool. Then, screw it into the tapped hole until it reaches the right depth. The end should be slightly below the surface of the tapped hole. When you are finished with the installation, break the Tang of the Helicoil. Some sets come with a Tang Breaker tool. In other cases, you can use a screwdriver or punch to break the Tang.
Stripped thread repair files
The RT1 is an all-in-one thread repair tool that eliminates the need for multiple tools. Because it's universal, it can be used on all types of threads, including metric and fractional threads. It can also restore metal threads, as well as those made of glass, ceramic, and plastic. And, with its 60 degree V angle, it works with both internal and external threads.
The CO-Z 131 pc Thread Repair Kit contains high quality tools for stripping and rethreading a female thread. The kit includes stainless steel coils and a drop-down chart. It is an excellent choice for a general machine shop, auto repair shop, or farm equipment. The included tools allow the user to complete repairs quickly and easily. The CO-Z 131 is a good choice for general repairs of female threads.
Thread restoring files
Whether you are repairing or restoring a screw, you will want to be able to find the right thread re-spacing files. These are available for metric and SAE pitch threads. Depending on the size of your thread, you may need either metric or fractional files. Using the wrong re-spacing files can lead to problems and may even damage your threads.
You can also purchase a set of thread restoring files that are designed for this purpose. These tools are made of tempered tool steel and feature crosscut cutting faces to minimize skipping when dressing fine threads. These files also don't come with a handle, but you can use a piece of hose or insulating tape as one. They are an inexpensive and convenient way to repair damaged threads.
Solid threaded insert repair kits
In the case of unrestorable female threads, solid threaded inserts are a great option. These tools feature threads molded into a single solid piece of bar stock. These are available in thick or thin wall designs, and in different lengths. These tools are easy to install, as long as you have a standard size drill bit or tap. If the threads are damaged, solid threaded inserts can be drilled out and then fitted into the hole.
If you don't have a threaded insert, an epoxy thread repair kit can save the day. These kits can repair various sizes and types of threads, and can easily be applied to a damaged thread. Some kits contain all the tools you need to repair threads on various metals. Others come with tools to remove broken threads. It all depends on the type of damaged threads.