I was trying to install the Tyrol Subframe Bushing kit, and an OEM bolt snapped off.
This photo is lifted from the Tyrol install instructions:
Tyrol has the yellow circles on the photo as the bolts that must be loosened to lower the subframe.
I added the blue circle. In the center of that star reinforcing web, I had a bolt. I decided to loosen that one too, since it made sense to me that the subframe needed to float down.
Unfortunately for me, one of those bolts snapped:
leaving half of it in the element above the subframe. Looking at a Bentley, I *think* the bit above is a "console". Looking at keffervwparts, I think they call it "[ 18 ] FRONT SUSPENSION / FRONT SUSPENSION / STABILIZER BAR / BRACKET"
Here's a photo from my car of the missing bolt location:
The blue circle is where the bolt is broken off (though the photo is the passenger side, and the broken one is on the driver's side).
I put the yellow circle in there to indicate that that particular position is non-standard; I've got parts from the Diesel Geek Panzer Plate there. That's a 30mm nut that I've loosened, the Panzer Plate usually go up hard against that nut, and another 30mm "coolie hat" nut would hold it in place.
Anybody have a clue what effect that sheared bolt has?
I've never done a bolt extraction, and this seems like a really bad time to learn. I'm trying to figure out if I button all this stuff up without that one bolt, is it safe to drive to seek professional help?
Full rez photos in this directory, if anybody wants to pixel peep: