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post #1 of 4 Old 04-09-2012, 11:06 PM Thread Starter
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Removing a stripped screw

So while I was installing my mirror-movers, I managed to strip the head out of the very last screw I had to remove. I rode around for a week or 2 while I decided what to do with only one screw holding the mirror on. Here's what I finally did this evening.

The passenger side mirror mover went on flawlessly

The driver side however, fought me so much that my torx driver scratched the paint

I smacked the screw a few times all around with a center punch to break up the loc-tite. I then drilled out the the stripped torx head with a 7/32 bit, about 1/4"-1/3" deep. PUT EYE PROTECTION ON. It spits shavings out pretty far, the faster you drill.

I then whipped out my freshly purchased "Century Drill & Tool Screw Extractors". $12 for the 5 pack (3/32"-5/8") at O'reilly autoparts.

Since neither of my 12v cordless drills had the balls, i smacked the #5(largest) extractor into the screw head with a standard claw hammer.

Since I couldn't seem to find my vicegrips, i tried channel-locs. No luck they just slipped right off. A 6" chinese crap & decker crescent wrench did the trick.

I heard the loc-tite SNAP! And out the screw came.

I've now gone through and replaced all these with 1/2" bolts along with some anti-seize for if/when I need to remove the mirror-movers. Hope this helps someone. It was relatively painless. Honestly the hardest part was seeing that stripped head when it all first happened.

Happy Jeeping!

-Sgt "Jake" Williams USMC/0311 OIF '05-

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Are you going to do a write-up on repairing the scratched paint?

Great job!

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Originally Posted by Erek.Smith View Post
Are you going to do a write-up on repairing the scratched paint?

Great job!
Ha! Well the mirror-mover covers it for now. Maybe sometime down the road. Least of my worries for the time being. Gotta love a Jeep. Thanks!

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I feel your pain brother! I had the exact same thing happen to me. Drilled, and tried an extractor but it kept slipping. So i drilled it out 1 size larger then pounded a Torx bit in with a hammer and finally got it out. Repainted the mirror movers (bought them on CL for $12) and re-installed them tonight.
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