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How to Install a Coil Insert

 

Drill out the hole with the specified drill.

Drill out the hole with the specified drill

Confirm that the thread and pitch of the bolt match the tap.

Confirm that the thread and pitch of the bolt match the tap.

Tap the hole with the specified tap.

Tap the hole with the specified tap.

Set the stop on the installation tool so the tang is centered in the slot.

Set the stop on the installation tool so the tang is centered in the slot.

Wind the insert into the hole with a slight downward pressure until 1/4 to 1/2 turn below the surface.

Wind the insert into the hole with a slight downward pressure until 1/4 to 1/2 turn below the surface.

Remove the tang by placing the tang break tool on top of the tang and striking firmly with a hammer.

Remove the tang by placing the tang break tool (or installation tool) on top of the tang and striking firmly with a hammer.

Job Finished

Job finished

A Closer Look at Coil Inserts

A helical coil insert is an ideal solution for repairing or reinforcing tapped holes in metal. But you need to know how to install a coil insert properly to get maximum performance. To get the best possible use out of a coil insert, you need to properly drill and tap the hole. Coil inserts compress during installation, and it’s that compression that secures the insert into place and keeps it from backing out. A properly drilled and tapped hole allows the insert to form properly, develop the desired thread tolerance, and provide optimum performance.

1. How do metal threaded inserts work?

Prior to installation, coil inserts are larger in diameter then the hole into which they will be installed. During installation, the coil insert compresses and is stretched out by the threads cut by the STI tap. After the insert is installed, the compressed insert pushes out against the wall of the hole. It is this outward pressure that keeps the coil insert in place.

2. What are the benefits of using helical coil inserts?

E-Z LOK's helical coil insert selection can help you quickly repair or reinforce tapped holes in soft metals. Other benefits include:

  • Corrosion resistance
  • Ability to withstand temperatures of up to 800°F.
  • Protection from stripping and wearing.

I still have questions on how to install a coil insert. Can E-Z LOK assist?

We'd be happy to assist you with questions about installing coil inserts or any other of our products. Fill out our contact form or reach out to our customer service representatives at the following number: 800-234-5613. We also recommend checking out our additional resources below for more information about coil inserts.