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Unread 04-17-2013, 07:06 PM   #1
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Help removing screw

One of the screws holding rack on my roof wont come out. It just keep spinning when I try to unscrew it. I tried pulling on it with plyers but cant get a good enough grip on it. I also sprayed it with WD-40 which didnt do much. I cant tell if the threads are ruined or if the threads are just spinning with the screw kindve like a bolt would. The pictures below show what the threads from the other side look like and the screw thats stuck. Any ideas how to get it out? I think it might be in there too far to stick something under it and pry up while unscrewing if that makes sense...

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Unread 04-17-2013, 08:11 PM   #2
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drill it.
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Unread 04-17-2013, 11:02 PM   #3
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I think the threaded insert has come loose from the sheet metal and is just spinning. Not sure what the solution is though...
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Unread 04-18-2013, 05:45 AM   #4
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Anyway you can get a pair of needle nose Vicegrips into the underside hole and fix the insert from spinning ? If so might be able to unscrew the Torx bolt or at least fix insert while drilling it out. I fixed a spinning Nutsert like this once by drilling an oblique hole through it into the body metal and screwing in a sheet metal screw.
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Unread 04-18-2013, 04:52 PM   #5
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I think the threaded insert has come loose from the sheet metal and is just spinning. Not sure what the solution is though...
Yea I think you might be right and neither am I..

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Anyway you can get a pair of needle nose Vicegrips into the underside hole and fix the insert from spinning ? If so might be able to unscrew the Torx bolt or at least fix insert while drilling it out. I fixed a spinning Nutsert like this once by drilling an oblique hole through it into the body metal and screwing in a sheet metal screw.
I'll take a look and see if I can make this happen.
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Unread 04-18-2013, 04:57 PM   #6
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Drill a small hole in the insert on either side of the bolt head . then use some bent nose ring pliers to hold the insert while you unscrew the torx .(or small needle nose if you have as long as the ends will fit into the holes you drilled)
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Unread 04-18-2013, 06:55 PM   #7
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Can you pry the rack up to put tension on the nutsert. Then try unscrewing it?
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