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Old 01-30-2010, 12:49 PM   #1
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Stuck Torx Screw!!!

Hi everyone! Thanks to all your help and advice, successfully remove 7 of the 8 torx screws that hold the rear seat in my 2004 Wrangler. One of the screws is COMPLETELY stripped, so I cut off the head with a dremel tool. I made a slot with the dremel for a straight edge screw driver. Still I can not get it to budge. I hit it with PB Blaster overnight and used a heat gun on it. Any advice on how to remove it without damaging the threads in the Jeep. Thanks!!!

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Old 01-30-2010, 12:58 PM   #2
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Can you get a drill over the top of the screw so you can drill its head off? If you can, would there be enough of the stud sticking up after you pull the rear seat bracket off so vise grips can grab onto it? If so, you should be able to grab the remaining part of the screw with vise grips & turn it out. Drilling the head off would relieve the tightness on the screw so it should be loose enough to unscrew with the vise grips. If you do this, use a drill bit that is larger than the threaded part's diameter & stop drilling as soon the head comes off. Don't try to drill the screw entirely out, just drill the head off.

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Can you get a drill over the top of the screw so you can drill its head off? If you can, would there be enough of the stud sticking up after you pull the rear seat bracket off so vise grips can grab onto it? If so, you should be able to grab the remaining part of the screw with vise grips & turn it out. Drilling the head off would relieve the tightness on the screw so it should be loose enough to unscrew with the vise grips. If you do this, use a drill bit that is larger than the threaded part's diameter & stop drilling as soon the head comes off. Don't try to drill the screw entirely out, just drill the head off.
He said he already cut the head off of it...

If you have access to a welder, get a nut that is a size or 2 smaller than the broken off stud and weld the nut to the stud, the combination of the high heat from welding, and having an actual surface to put a wrench on should bust it loose.
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Old 01-30-2010, 04:12 PM   #4
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Use a stud remover if the screw has meterial above floor level. Sears sell a set of them.
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Old 01-30-2010, 04:14 PM   #5
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X2 on the Sears extractor set; I had to buy one to use on my motorcycle with a broken bolt. They work!
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the sear kit is king many broken bolts it works well
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I had the same problem. I drilled it out and used an easy out. Works great.
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Old 01-30-2010, 08:28 PM   #8
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Why is it it's always the hardest one to reach?

Can you get to the bottom of it? Sometimes there's enough to grab from there.

If there isn't any stud left and you can't get it from the bottom, it's drill time. Get a set of "Reverse Drill Bits" They turn the opposite direction from regular bits. You need a reversble drill motor too. Autozone and Sears sell the reverse sets for less than $10.
When you drill it with those and it "catches", often it'll screw the stud right out. Start with a small drill, then work your way up. Make sure you keep in straight.
Once the hole on the stud is good sized, often the stud will collapse and you turn it out with needle nosed pliers.
No matter what, it's always a PITA!!!!!!!!!!!

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