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Old 01-08-2012, 05:50 PM   #1
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Fender flare removal

Im having some major difficulties with ONE screw in the back. It's one with a nutcert. And the screw is just sitting there spinning and spinning. Does anyone have any ideas or know how to get the screw out? Thanks for the help in advance. This is giving me a run for my money. I'm getting frustrated!!
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Old 01-08-2012, 06:18 PM   #2
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If u can get to the back side use a pair of vise grips and spin the screw out. If not use something to pry the flare out and unscrew.

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Old 01-08-2012, 07:08 PM   #3
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Mine gave me that same problem many times. Before I started tack-welding the nutsert to stop it, I could sometimes get the screw out by using a drill with a screwdriver tip to spin the screw fast while putting a bit of a lean/tilt on the nutsert with sideways pressure from the screwdriver to help give it a tighter fit in the sheet metal. That would often give it enough friction to catch and let the screw spin out.
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Old 01-08-2012, 07:12 PM   #4
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I had the same problem with multiple nutserts on mine. They would just spin and spin regardless if you put pressure on them or whatever. I ended up having to drill it out and replace it with a new nutsert. I know exactly how you feel lol.
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Old 01-08-2012, 08:51 PM   #5
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This is what has worked for me everytime; with one hand, pull the fender material near the connection towards you. The nutsert will bear against the body panel and will give you just enough grab for you to use the other hand to ratchet the bolt loose.
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Old 01-08-2012, 08:58 PM   #6
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I know this because I had to do this with several of the screws & bolts on my rear flares today. Success!

In retrospect, I could also have removed the plastic wheel well panels to get to the nutserts. Those are held by plastic push pins which are replaceable.
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Old 01-08-2012, 09:31 PM   #7
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I used a rotary tool with a grinding stone bit. I had to remove all four flares and over half the nutserts spun. I carefully ground the screw head off and then ground the nutsert shoulder paper thin and pushed it through the sheet metal. After the first one, they went pretty fast. I ground off ALL my nutserts and replaced them with nylon rivets. I won't have THAT problem again and the rivets hold great.
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Old 01-08-2012, 09:43 PM   #8
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I replaced mine this weekend and it was a nightmare !! I had to grind the heads off several as well. About midway into the job I bought a ratcheting wrench...made the job much easier as most of them were too tight to get a socket on.

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