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post #1 of 6 Old 06-24-2010, 11:07 PM Thread Starter
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Door surround bolts/screws stuck

I was trying to remove my door surrounds today; however, the bolts/screws/whatever just did not want to budge.

The knobs on top seem to just spin and spin, but nothing loosens. I have shot PB blaster in through the bottom in an attempt to loosen it all up, but have not had any improvement.

Any ideas or experiences that I could benefit from?

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post #2 of 6 Old 06-24-2010, 11:12 PM
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on the bottom side of the surround can you see the bolt unscrewing? Or the knob may not be locking to the bolt.
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post #3 of 6 Old 06-25-2010, 07:57 AM Thread Starter
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Yeah, the screw is definitely not turning. I am pretty sure the knobs are just rotating on top of the screws.

I had the idea to pry off one of the knobs to see if I could just use vice-grips to turn the screws and all I ended up doing was snapping the knob in half. Thankfully super glue fixed

So yeah, I am not sure how to approach this now. I figure I could drill/hammer out these suckers, but I don't see me being able to tap in new threads. Also, I wouldn't know what to screw in to hold the surrounds on at that point.
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post #4 of 6 Old 06-25-2010, 09:11 AM
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Your plastic knob has broken from the bolt... Some of mine are like that too... Just pull off the knob, and unscrew the bolt with some vice grips. I've epoxied my knobs back on, but it only holds for a while.... Some day I'll replace them. They don't have to be torqued down with much force, just enough to keep them from rattling....

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post #5 of 6 Old 06-25-2010, 09:16 AM
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I would press hard or pull hard on the knob and turn to see if it helps.
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post #6 of 6 Old 06-26-2010, 08:06 PM Thread Starter
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Ok. Mission Accomplished. Though not easily.

After drowning these things with PB blaster and nothing happening I decided to try the screw remover tool route.

It didnt work. Looking back, I probably had the hole drilled out too big on the top of the thing for the tool to grip, but also knowing what I do now....I dont think that would have worked still.

So, I went on with drilling out the whole thing. I chose a bit that fit the hole just right so it would drill out the sleeve and the bolt thing at the same time. It only took a bit of drilling to break the hold of the sleeve on the bolts so I was able to unscrew them instead of drilling out the entire length. Checking out what was left of the threads, it seemed those things almost bonded with the sleeves or something lol.

Anyways, my solution as to how to secure the front of the door surround/frame is that I grabbed a 4" 1/4 bolt, 2 washers, and a lock nut to replace each drilled out bolt.

Works great.
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