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Old 04-23-2014, 10:29 AM   #1
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Windshield Torx

Trying to remove windshield bracket and can't get one of the bolts out. I tried drilling a hole and then tapping in a larger bit to back it out. The bit snapped!

Any ideas? If I remove the dash can I access it from the inside?

Beyond frustrated!!!

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Old 04-23-2014, 10:36 AM   #2
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did the exact same thing! that's hardened steel so you can't redrill it. Someone said to weld a piece of metal on there and take some pliers and try to unscrew it again. That's all I can think of, I never gave it a try. The bolt is still stuck

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Old 04-23-2014, 10:36 AM   #3
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I had the same problem... Are you replacing them with light brackets? If your not worried about the paint already on them you can heat it up and go that route. And then try to drill and tap it out.

Factory put those on with the paint so that's why they are so damn hard to get out.
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Old 04-23-2014, 10:38 AM   #4
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You can weld a bolt to it, BUT chances are the weld will cover the outside, I had to do that for a locking lugnut that was on my wheel when I bought the jeep to get the lug off... But there was more room to weld around it....
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Old 04-23-2014, 11:25 AM   #5
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No access to a welder. Has anyone tried removing the dash? Not sure if that would do anything.
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Old 04-23-2014, 11:27 AM   #6
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Not sure. I guess you could try it. It's all trial and error on jeep mods.
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Old 04-23-2014, 12:06 PM   #7
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Try taking a dremel or an angled grinder and cutting a groove across the face of the bolt and see if you can get a screw driver on it....
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Old 04-23-2014, 12:36 PM   #8
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I'm sure you saw on the bolts that did come out, they're coated with loc-tite. Try heating it up some to break that bond. Also, drag a razor knife around the head to break the paint bond, every little bit helps.
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Old 04-23-2014, 02:47 PM   #9
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To remove a broken drill bit depends what it is made of

broken HSS bit can be drilled with carbide bit

Carbide bit can is brittle and careful use of punch and hammer can slowly shatter the broken off carbide drill bit tip for removal with a pick and suction

Neither is fun but both can be done

Best just to be more careful with removal in first place
A properly fitting bit carefully tapped all the way into the bolt head, plus a heat gun plus a small end wrench over the hex of the torx bit plus a hand impact driver (the kind you hit with a hammer) and if the torx bit itself starts to deform and show a spiral twist stop and get another hopefully better torx bit and don't use the weaker torx bits with hole in center for security screws
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Old 04-23-2014, 02:51 PM   #10
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why you looking to take the bracket?
to put a light mount over it?
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I had the same stuck/stripped windshield bolts when I tried to mount my windshield light brackets. I ended up welding a nut onto the bolt head. The nut allows you to heat up, and melt a good amount into the head of the torx bolt. I then just backed them out with a socket. A local shop could do it for you for a couple bucks... make sure you protect your paint!
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Old 04-23-2014, 03:41 PM   #12
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why you looking to take the bracket? to put a light mount over it?
I'm removing the hinge because I want to paint them. There some surface rust and I want to sand it down and repaint.
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I'm going to recommend what was suggested up top about trying to tap the bit/bolt out...it sucks but will work just takes a while. I had to do something similar with my tailgate hinges. I decided to get an air impact for the windshield hinges and it still was tricky but works a lot better, although it was $50. Good luck!

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