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Old 12-23-2008, 10:52 PM   #1
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Need help with stripped TORX screw!

I was wondering if anyone could give me some help with a stripped TORX head screw. I was removing the windshield hinge upper screws to install some KC light brackets and got all of the screws out but one. It is messed up now and I could use some insight on how to get it out. I know maybe an extractor or easy out, but maybe someone has a trick. I have bought replacement screws for all of the ones I am removing so it will be good as new once I get this last one out. Thanks for the advice.

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Old 12-23-2008, 10:56 PM   #2
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I tried ez outs and snapped them. Then had to resort to a masonary bit to drill the ez out. In the end we were successful. No trick, just lots of drilling.

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Old 12-24-2008, 12:32 AM   #3
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Drill baby, Drill.
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Old 12-24-2008, 01:00 AM   #4
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search it, this was discussed way back. From memory, the person used over sized torx.. hit it in there and undid it with air gun or something like that. I wish i could be more helpful but it was long when i last saw this thread.
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Old 12-24-2008, 08:40 AM   #5
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use a hack saw to cut a slot in the top of the screw and then use a large flat blade screw driver to remove it.
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Old 12-24-2008, 09:18 AM   #6
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whatever you do DONT REPLACE IT WITH ANOTHER TORQ SCREW. use anything alse
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Old 12-24-2008, 11:29 AM   #7
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i had the same trouble...i just drill it out and replaced the broken hinge and then siliconed the hole shut......the other bolts will hold it good enough
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Old 12-29-2008, 12:23 AM   #8
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How about tapping the head at an angle with a chizzle slow and carefully until it starts turning, otherwise, drill and clean
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Old 12-29-2008, 12:33 AM   #9
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try tacking an impact wrench (the hammer to turn kind) bit into the torx use the tightest fitting allen bit and start swinging that hammer! maybe a heat up w/ a torch and a cool down wouldnt hurt... or drill drill drill drill.
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Old 12-29-2008, 01:22 AM   #10
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How about tapping the head at an angle with a chizzle slow and carefully until it starts turning, otherwise, drill and clean
too bad that doesnt work. I work in a metal shop and have broken few taps.. you hit that thing, you're done and its locked in place.
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Old 12-29-2008, 04:59 AM   #11
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Place a nut on it and weld the inside of the nut to the top of the Torx and then use a wrench to remove.
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Old 12-29-2008, 12:12 PM   #12
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rkwfxd hit it right, just like my idea but better!!!
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Old 12-29-2008, 12:16 PM   #13
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No magic potion here, I've drilled them out.
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Old 12-29-2008, 12:18 PM   #14
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use a grinder to smooth opposite edges on the torx head and then try to use an adjustable wrench to get it off.
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Old 12-29-2008, 12:32 PM   #15
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I would also say weld a nut to it if you have access to a welder.
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Old 12-29-2008, 03:48 PM   #16
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I finally drilled it out and was able to tap some new threads and get the bracket installed. Thanks for all the tips. I really like the welded nut idea. I may have to keep this in mind for later wrenching. Thanks again.
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Old 12-29-2008, 04:07 PM   #17
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Welding a nut or bolt onto the top of a totally stripped out bolt works really (!) well. Not only does the fact you now have a good head to get a wrench onto, the heat from the welding often breaks the bond between the bolt underneath and what it was screwed into. Half the time I tack-weld a bolt onto another bolt, it comes out so easily afterwards I used to think WTF? The heat generated from welding helps a lot.
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Old 05-15-2009, 11:36 AM   #18
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On the windshield torx screws drill into the head with a drill bit that will fit into the head of a good torx screw of the same size. Drive the torx socket into the hole with a hammer and unscrew it.
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