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Old 07-13-2016, 05:45 AM
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Stripped Torx and Dremel to Cut Flathead Slot?

So you've got a stripped out Torx bolt, maybe coated with loctite maybe not, you could hit it with a cold chisel and make a flathead slot to remove it with an impact screwdriver OR has anyone here used a Dremel tool to accurately cut a flathead slot in a stripped out Torx bolt?

If so which Dremel bit did you use to cut your slot?

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If access is available, I use a fresh bit and an impact driver to get stripped bolts out. The wack of the hammer seats the bit, and also rotates the head. Worth a try?

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Harbor Freight has a set of "diamond" dust Dremel bits.
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I did this once, but I used a hack saw. It worked, just go slow and be patient.
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Old 07-19-2016, 03:49 PM   #5
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I, like ULEWZ, have had good luck with a good bit and an impact. My 1/2" corded impact was too big and my 1/4" 20V DeWalt is a bit small so recently bought a bare 3/8" 20V impact for $99 at Farm & Fleet. Knock on wood so far it has removed every Torx bolt I have tried. Good luck. Dave
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Weld a nut to the head and move on. The welding operation may even break it loose but if not try heating and hitting it with a squirt of water to quick cool it a few times to break it loose.
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I dremeled across this pain in the ass bolt and hammered a flathead screwdriver at it til it turned. fun.
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Nice..it will be easier next time...after a dozen or so you will have it down....Welcome to the club!
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If access is available, I use a fresh bit and an impact driver to get stripped bolts out. The wack of the hammer seats the bit, and also rotates the head. Worth a try?
To me This is the best thing I have Found, BUT, use it Before you strip it out and you will most likely get it out the first time without Striping it!
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When you Dremeled it did you nick the hinges? What bit did you use on the Dremel?

I just ordered an impact driver from harbor freight. I cannot wait to fire it up, I've got door hinges and windshield cowl and tailgate hinges to replace. Let the cursing commence...

I can almost hear the Torx Gods laughing as I toil.

Are there any redeeming qualities to be found in the dreaded Torx bolt?

I have found NONE...I have literally ruined several ratchet drivers hitting them with a rubber mallet, and still the bolt won't turn...

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Replace with a hex/Allen or philips head

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I'd probably use a philips and ignore the 1/4-20 size...just a reference picture. I'm not sure on the size exactly.

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{Are there any redeeming qualities to be found in the dreaded Torx bolt?}

Yes unless rusted they are a lot easier To remove than a Philips or an Allen Head. Now get this right, I like Allen heads, but in the last 10 Years I have found the Torx do come out easier even if all thee types are rusted, Just Me, Philips is only better than a Flat Head. LOL
P.S. Thank God Things Down here don't rust, Real Bad!
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{Are there any redeeming qualities to be found in the dreaded Torx bolt?}

Yes unless rusted they are a lot easier To remove than a Philips or an Allen Head. Now get this right, I like Allen heads, but in the last 10 Years I have found the Torx do come out easier even if all thee types are rusted, Just Me, Philips is only better than a Flat Head. LOL
You have a point haha. I actually haven't had trouble with mine yet and actually reused my bumper bolts with plenty of anti seize. Its just that if you are replacing them you might as well put something in that is a more common head. As long as you reapply liberally with anti seize they will come out.
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They should just hex head these damn things! Torx sucks!
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There should be a sticky for torx head bolts.

My solution is to protect the surrounding area with duct tape and heat the head of the torx bolt with a small butane torch. Then take an impact driver with the PROPER SIZED torx bit and whack it good with a 2 pound hammer. After a couple good whacks, I transfer the torx bit to my 20V. DeWalt impact driver and take the bolt the rest of the way out. A ratchet will work in place of the nut driver, just slower.

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Just got my first Impact driver from harbor freight. Unbelievable.
This thing rocks, I put it on some factory painted over Torx, which typically would have been daunting. It took it out no problem, it was the best $99 I ever spent, if you have a jeep you need one too.

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Just got my first Impact driver from harbor freight. Unbelievable.
This thing rocks, I put it on some factory painted over Torx, which typically would have been daunting. It took it out no problem, it was the best $99 I ever spent, if you have a jeep you need one too.

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Did it come with standard philips bit or no bits and you just add your own? My dad had one when I was a kid working on VW's and when I had to remove a door hinge that was the tool! Agreed, they do work well👍

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Just got my first Impact driver from harbor freight. Unbelievable.
This thing rocks, I put it on some factory painted over Torx, which typically would have been daunting. It took it out no problem, it was the best $99 I ever spent, if you have a jeep you need one too.

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I think we may not be speaking of the same tool here, I was talking about the tool that should only cost $20. or $30. Max, and you Hit it with a BFH [big f-ing hammer], I think you may be talking about something like air or Elec. powered, the kind I'm talking about, as you hit it it pushes into the head of the bolt and turns at the same time. I may be wrong, the last one I bought was about 30 to 40 Years ago, LOL.
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I think we may not be speaking of the same tool here, I was talking about the tool that should only cost $20. or $30. Max, and you Hit it with a BFH [big f-ing hammer], I think you may be talking about something like air or Elec. powered, the kind I'm talking about, as you hit it it pushes into the head of the bolt and turns at the same time. I may be wrong, the last one I bought was about 30 to 40 Years ago, LOL.
That's what I'm thinking of too?

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I removed every torx bolt on my jeep when I prepped it for paint.impact bits, impact gun, and hammer will work most of the time...take the proper size bit...put it in and whack it with the hammer then use the gun. When that didnt work I welded a nut on to it and hit with the impact. I actually re used a few here and there..mostly on the inside of the tub where you can see...if doesn't have torx is it really a jeep? LOL
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I was going to go with the spring loaded manual $8 one you hit with a hammer, and I do plan on getting one of those as well, but I went electric from harbor freight. It did not come with any bits, I already now need an impact screwdriver to add to my arsenal.

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Harbor Freight #37530 @ $8.99

NAPA #BK7769059 @ $13.77 (online price)

I have the NAPA version and that is the one I recommend.

Wear gloves while holding the driver for a better grip and to get a better result.

I have Snap-On torx bits. Yes, they are a lot more expensive, and I don't like to spend more than I have to. I have been in the auto repair business all my life and am now retired. I know what works.

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I think we may not be speaking of the same tool here, I was talking about the tool that should only cost $20. or $30. Max, and you Hit it with a BFH [big f-ing hammer], I think you may be talking about something like air or Elec. powered, the kind I'm talking about, as you hit it it pushes into the head of the bolt and turns at the same time. I may be wrong, the last one I bought was about 30 to 40 Years ago, LOL.
I got one of those things you hit with a hammer. Bought it when I was working on Honda Three Wheelers. You had to place Phillip head or to be honest any socked in place twist it hard to the left and hit it with a hammer. WORKED EVERY TIME without stripping the head. I'll try to post a photo of it tomorrow.
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Anyone know if a local auto parts store would carry these or is this a dealer part? Or radiator shop?

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