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Old 08-29-2012, 10:07 AM   #1
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your tools vs tailgate hinge/windshield screws: results?

What did you do to successfully remove or not successfully remove those pesty strip-prone screws?

I'm about to tackle the tailgate hinges and want to be prepared. I have an impact gun on hand and it's my first choice.....

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Old 08-29-2012, 11:05 AM   #2
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Bad luck with two of the four tailgate screws. Once I drilled out the offenders I replaced with better phillips head screws from HD. I hate Torx screws now!

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Old 08-29-2012, 11:38 AM   #3
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Bad luck with two of the four tailgate screws. Once I drilled out the offenders I replaced with better phillips head screws from HD. I hate Torx screws now!
What method of removal did you use?
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Old 08-29-2012, 12:28 PM   #4
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Those particular bolts are held in with Locktite which makes their removal a real bear. Applying some serious heat to the bolt head to loosen the Locktite's grip is some good magic to try.

If you do strip the bolt heads out, I would drill the heads (just the head) off which will leave enough of the threaded stud behind that you should be able to unscrew it with a set of vise grips set to "extra tight".

However, if you drill the heads off, you will need to get all of the bolts out so the hinge can be removed to give sufficient access to the remaining threaded stud. Make sure to stop drilling once the bolt head comes off in order to leave enough of the stud behind. Use a drill bit just slightly larger than the diameter of the threaded portion but still small enough to fit through the bolt hole in the hinge.
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Impact driver with a BFH.
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Old 08-29-2012, 12:49 PM   #6
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Ok i will try everything. Apply heat to individual bolt, pound torx bit into bolt, and then impact it out.
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Impact driver with a BFH.
X2. Works like a charm
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Manual Impact drivers work the best.
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