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Old 09-05-2014, 09:29 AM   #1
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windshield torx bolt stuck

Im trying to get one of the bolts on the side of the windshield out, but it stripped, even tho I was using the proper torx bit. I cut a groove into it to try and tap it with a hammer using a flat head screwdriver as a chisel to turn it, but even that isn't working. It hasn't budged an inch. When the almighty hammer fails to remove something, I'm lost. lol. Any ideas to get it out?

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Old 09-05-2014, 10:52 AM   #2
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I'm just guessing you don't have a set of easyouts, that's probably what you need.

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Old 09-05-2014, 11:59 AM   #3
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No, but I could run to the store and get some. But I beat on it pretty hard with the screwdriver and hammer, so I'm 90% sure it would snap an easy out. I really don't wanna have to drill it out and tap the hole for a bigger bolt. Any other thoughts?
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Old 09-05-2014, 12:12 PM   #4
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Reverse drill bit? Get one slightly smaller than the bolt
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If its a bolt on the windshield frame, then it needs to be drilled out. If its a bolt on the lower side of the hinge that goes into the cowl, then there are removeable nuts on the back side of those bolts.
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Old 09-05-2014, 01:47 PM   #6
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It was on the upper portion of the windshield, but I got it. Thanks for the tips. I read elsewhere that you can use the next size up torx bit, use a grinder to taper the end a bit, and hammer it into the head. I tried this and it worked. The hammering probably loosened up the rust a bit, (bow to the power of the hammer (aka precision impact device, lol) and the good grip from the over size bit got it out. was still very stiff, but I got it. Thanks for the tips anyway!
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If only I'd read this sooner....

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It was on the upper portion of the windshield, but I got it. Thanks for the tips. I read elsewhere that you can use the next size up torx bit, use a grinder to taper the end a bit, and hammer it into the head. I tried this and it worked. The hammering probably loosened up the rust a bit, (bow to the power of the hammer (aka precision impact device, lol) and the good grip from the over size bit got it out. was still very stiff, but I got it. Thanks for the tips anyway!

Okay. So next time, I'll have an impact wrench.

If I'd have read this post 12 hours ago, I might not have to go to confession tomorrow.... I'll skip to the chase: 5 of 8 came out. I drilled out one Torx successfully, and managed to keep the threads good, leaving 2 VERY stripped others. I tried a screw extractor in one of them, and it broke off. The other just won't take a drill bit like the first.

Did I dull my bits on the first one, or do I need harder bits to get into the others?
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Did I dull my bits on the first one, or do I need harder bits to get into the others?

If you didn't lube the bits while cutting then you probably did dull them. And if you bought the cheapest or semi cheapest bits you could then they're probably trash now. Go to Home Depot/ Lowe's and buy a couple quality METAL bits and cutting oil and you'll be good for a while :thumbsup:
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I've had good luck with one of those manual impact wrenches, the kind you hit with a hammer. It looks like a big punch. It really does a good job breaking stubborn fasteners loose with out damaging them.

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