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Old 02-20-2011, 08:05 PM   #1
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Hello All,

I just recently received my mirror movers that I ordered online. I went to put my first one on, and it went very smoothly. However; when I was doing the driver's side, they were VERY tight. So tight that I have striped the screws that are in my jeep. I have attached 2 pictures to show you exactly which screws I am talking about. (I am sure that many people already know w/o the picture though) I was wondering if anyone has any suggestions on how to get them out. My brother said I could drill them out, but I was wondering if there was an easier way. Or if this has happened to someone else, what you did to get them out. (This has to have happened to someone else, right?!?! lol)

Don't worry, I didn't try and unscrew these and assemble them in the rain. It started raining after I called it quits for the day and took the picture of the screws I was talking about.

I'm talking about the 2 bottom screws, naturally.

Thanks for any help everyone. (mad that I screwed this up...pun intended)
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Old 02-20-2011, 08:08 PM   #2
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Ouch bud, have fun drilling them out..
What size Torx are you using?

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Old 02-20-2011, 08:19 PM   #3
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Had the same problem, I started with a small bit to centre the hole and worked up in size. Once you get the head drilled off the screw comes out easy.
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I was using a size 40 Torx
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Old 02-20-2011, 08:28 PM   #5
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drill them, or cut a x bit cut in the head with a dremel or something and then use a phillips head on a screw gun to take out, or something in that fashion if your worried about drilling straight :P haha. ive done both on mine. try spraying some penetrating oil back in there next time.
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Old 02-20-2011, 08:31 PM   #6
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after restoring 2 jeeps i have discovered that if you strip out a torx sometimes you can go up to the next size, pound it in with a hammer, and then try again. Has worked quite a few times for me.
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I have a set of left hand drill bits for this very reason. Center punch the hole, start small and work your way up. It will back out on you before you get too far.
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Old 02-20-2011, 08:51 PM   #8
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Oh and dont waste money on an extractor bit, if your thinking about it. they dont work. ask me how I know ;(
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You could also try an impact driver...it's like a screwdriver you smack with a hammer...as the hammer impacts it, it also slowly twists it at the exact same moment. They're pretty cheap at Home Depot.
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reverse drill bits are excellant for doing this but are pretty expensive but work great also try banging on it with a hammer as nelson suggested , sentenced also had a great suggestion also . harbor freight impact 6 bucks . always try the impact first
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i did this when installing my windshield mirror brackets. first i tried an ez out but that broke. ultimatly i ended up cutting a line across the head of the bolt and using a chisel and hammer to turn the bolt head.
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Think this is why I am gong to make a plate that screws into the two screws on the inside of the dash. Its going to stick out just far enough to stick one of those blind spot mirrors on it to make it legal when I take the doors off.
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Ok, so we tried drilling it, and that didn't work. So my brother and I tried an extractor drill (don't ask why I didn't take the advice from here) and that got stuck in and cracked off inside the nut. Awesome...now I have to find some sort of dealer or someone who can remove it.

Anyone know anyone in the Illinois area?
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Oh and dont waste money on an extractor bit, if your thinking about it. they dont work. ask me how I know ;(
I double down on what golden sahara says..... I have never had an EZ-Out work for squat!
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When i moved my mirrors I had the exact same problem this is what I did. I VERY carefully drilled small holes in the center of the torx screw as a pilot hole, then I switched to a drill bit the same size as the threaded part of the screw,drilled it out and replaced it with a stainless steel cross point screw
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I've stripped a few out. Try to take a hex key (I think thats the right term) that is just big enough to where you cant get it in there without a hammer. Hammer on, twist out. Its worth a shot and has worked for me a few times.
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Old 02-22-2011, 09:07 AM   #17
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A lot of times a cheap extractor set will do more harm than good.

I have always had great success with a good set of extractors, WD-40 and patience.

This kit has helped me like you wouldnt believe on on two rusted out YJ's I restored. The rust was so bad the floor boards in one had holes in it the size of footballs. And just about every windshield bolt and rollbar bolt had to be drilled and extracted.

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When I moved my mirrors those screws gave my some problems when I thought I could just take a ratchet to them. Before stripping them I looked here at WF and found a post saying to heat them up a bit with a torch or heat gun, and then removing them with an impact wrench. I took the advise and I had no problems.
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If you have a hardened extractor stuck in the hole try to dig it out with a curved pic. You can hammer on it with a nail set or center punch and fracture it. because it is hardened it should chip and shatter so you can dig it out. Then and only then listen to what CapnDean told youn to do. DON'T EVEN TRY TO DRILL UNTIL YOU GET ALL OF THE EXTRACTOR OUT.
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Old 02-23-2011, 10:00 AM   #20
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A lot of times a cheap extractor set will do more harm than good.
Yes, wish I would have remembered the "don't use an extractor set" advice PRIOR to doing it. Definitely more harm than good done.

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If you have a hardened extractor stuck in the hole try to dig it out with a curved pic. You can hammer on it with a nail set or center punch and fracture it. because it is hardened it should chip and shatter so you can dig it out. Then and only then listen to what CapnDean told youn to do. DON'T EVEN TRY TO DRILL UNTIL YOU GET ALL OF THE EXTRACTOR OUT.
That's good advice, that's my next step.

Thinking outside the box at all, is there any way to access the other end of the bolt? Maybe like if I take the dash off? I purchased a set of left hand bits and can go at it from the front with those, and regular bits from the back...if it's possible and not too much of a PITA.

BTW this post was his brother, the one that is doing the work (and botching). Thanks in advance.
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Had the same problem took it to a welder welded a screw to the striped head and came out easy

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