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Unread 05-25-2008, 11:14 PM   #1
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solution for stripped torx bolts

ok so i tried to take my windshield frame off and managed to strip 3 of the torx blts on the hinge. What can i do to get these out. Welding isnt an option so what else can i do. Need suggestions please!!! Thanks!

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Unread 05-25-2008, 11:17 PM   #2
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Lower or upper bolts??? On the windsheild, Take it by a muffler shop or an auto shop you trust and have them tack on some nuts.

Lower, pull the dash apart and get in behind to try and loosen the nuts on the end of the bolts.
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Unread 05-25-2008, 11:20 PM   #3
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But i cant really spend anymore money and im sure taking it to a muffler shop would cost something. also Can i just drill them out with a diamond tip drill bit? Im buying all new bolts anyway. only the upper ones.
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But i cant really spend anymore money and im sure taking it to a muffler shop would cost something. also Can i just drill them out with a diamond tip drill bit? Im buying all new bolts anyway. only the upper ones.
If you have the ability to retap the upper ones you could, but the upper bolts have a nutstrip backer that is loose on the inside. Kinds sits in a grove to keep it in place.

There is no access to the upper bolt holes at all, that is why drilling is a last resort.

Have you tried the easy outs????
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Unread 05-25-2008, 11:24 PM   #5
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what are the easy outs?
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Easy outs typically are reverse thread drillbits. You drill out the chewed up torx threads then use the other end of the bit to bite into the bolt and it backs it out. Check out sears.com. They list the craftsman set.
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Unread 05-25-2008, 11:35 PM   #7
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ok thanks i will check it out. Are they called easy outs or is there a specific name?
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Last I knew they were easy outs.
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Unread 05-25-2008, 11:43 PM   #9
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k i will definatly check it out. Thanks for the help.
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Unread 05-26-2008, 01:01 AM   #10
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Did you totaly strip them out or just enough that the ratchet slips and the bit won't grab? I had this happen when I was removing a bad passenger seatbelt. I tried using my impact gun and it actually worked! I was able to get it out fairly easily. My next option was the tack weld idea.
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Last I knew they were easy outs.
Easy out is a generic name.I think they are called Bolt extractors.Any decent salesperson will .know

http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_12605_00966196000P
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Easy out is a generic name.I think they are called Bolt extractors.Any decent salesperson will .know

http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_12605_00966196000P
Thanx for the clarification, When I bought my set, I didn't pay attention to the actual name.
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Unread 05-26-2008, 05:50 AM   #13
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Check these out.Never used them,but looks interesting.Dont think there is drilling involves like easy outs

http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_12605_00953153000P
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Unread 05-26-2008, 10:05 AM   #14
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ok thanks but the only problem is there 60 bucks. im limited to money so i will probably get a single bit instead of the whole set.
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My advice is to make sure you get a good quality type of screw extractor. I once bought a cheap one which broke out inside the bolt I was trying to remove. It compounded my problem severely.
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