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    Unhappy Torx screw stripped while removing front bumper

    I recently purchased some new lights for my 2001 Mk4 Astra and decided today was a nice enough day to swap them over.
    I took out the 2 torx screws from the one side in the wheel arch then moved to the other side, the bottom one was finger tight and the one higher up in the arch was literally rounded inside.

    I tried a T20, no grip at all. Tried a T25 and it caught slightly and a T27 wouldn't fit in the hole. I have no idea what to do now and I'm stuck because I cannot get this one screw out.

    Any ideas how I could do it? If I need to drill it, where can I get a replacement from?

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    Replacements can be bought from vauxhall for less than a pound or from a scrap yard for free i would have thought.

    If the head on the old one is completly gone, then push the arch lining away from the screw and see if you can get a gap between the two, slide a hacksaw in the gap and cut the old screw away.

    Did it with Stephs coupe a bout a month ago when the exact same thing happened.

    Or if you dont fancy putting a hacksaw near your paintwork clamp the bolt with a set of molegrips and twist it out.

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    mole grips/vicegrips work every time

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    I dont know if this will apply here but when i was replacing my seats i stripped away a t40 torx, so had to take it to a garage where he simple used a hammer on the bit then twisted it open.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ash_c64 View Post
    I dont know if this will apply here but when i was replacing my seats i stripped away a t40 torx, so had to take it to a garage where he simple used a hammer on the bit then twisted it open.
    that would probably smash the front bumper

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    Thanks for the replies guys.
    I did try a mallet but all it did was shake the crap from the underside of my arches lol. Didn't hit too hard as it would probably smash a hole through. - I guess the bumper would be off tho lol.

    I'll try some mole grips tomorrow and see if I can grab the bolt enough to turn it. When I removed the one from the other side it took some serious force to move it. I've soaked the bolt in WD40 so hopefully it will be easier to work with tomorrow.

    I'll report back then.

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