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    Removing Stripped Torx Screws?

    Hi all,

    I was attempting to remove the passenger seat... but one of the Torx screws was SO stiff, and I slipped and the Torx screw is now nearly rounded off Has anyone got any idea how would I go about removing a stripped Torx screw please???

    Thanks.
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    could you not try it with an allen key? are if you can get around the edge of the screw use the tightest fitting socket you can find and do that, it should grip it tight and undo easily enough. use a hammer to whack a tight one over the screw to make sure its tight.

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    try and get the next size up one and knock it on with the hammer, failing that its drill it out and re tap it, i managed to do it but its really not easy at all! be carefull as well because its a floating nut and it will pust in with alot of hammering
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    hammer a socket a size up on to the bolt, use a breaker bar and loosen that way.

    They are bitch to drill

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    also heat up the bolt as this will melt the Thread Lock

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    heat up the bolt, then smack a socket over the top of it and undo worked for me
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    Quote Originally Posted by markja
    heat up the bolt, then smack a socket over the top of it and undo worked for me
    I was waitng for you lol

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    lol you know me to well mate, i can bastadize anything me how many bolts you missing for your seats mate
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    Hi,

    Any other tips please?

    Tried hammering a 1/2" hex socket on... but couldn't, because of the limited space... plus the screw seems really solid and made of very good steel, unlike most other bolts on the car. <-- which also means I am not too keen on drilling it!

    And what is the best way to heat up the bolt? Tried using a lighter, but it doesn't last long enough (and I am worried that the carpet and/or WD40 might catch fire). Also tried using a solder iron, but for some reasons it is not hot enough?

    By the way, when you guys say you've managed to "do it", do you mean the screws for the seats or some other bolts?
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    try filling some flats on the sides parralel then use a open ended spenner
    get a centre punch put the point into the center of head of the bolt give it a whack that should crack the rust/thread lock off of it
    can you get under neat it ie under the car the you can hot it up that way use a blowlamp with a narrow flame and soldering irons dont get any where near hot enough
    other than the have you got any good drill bits

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