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post #1 of 16 Old 07-28-2007, 02:05 AM Thread Starter
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i hate torx bolts

i just spent 2 hours drilling out a stupid torx bolt in the windshield. i broke 4 drill bits and scratched my paint. I have a nice set of torx wrenches that fit on a socket wrench deal, but they seem to strip out really easily. how do yall get them out when they start to strip? i know sears has those reverse drill bits that can get them out, but i cant really spend $40 or whatever they cost. any help is appreciated and im sure others would like to know as well...


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post #2 of 16 Old 07-28-2007, 08:05 AM
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Easy Out from Sears works well usually.


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this wont help now but in the future when removing torx bolt after you insert bit try tapping bit firmly into bolt head

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I learned that before trying to turn the bolt, take a hammer to the torx socket and pound it in some more. This gives you a better grip. Also apply heavy pressure to the torx socket while you are turning, as in leaning on it but make sure you keep the socket as straight as possible. You could have another person lean on the socket wrench, applying pressure, while you turn it. An impact gun would help alot i believe. Impacting while turning loosens bolts easier.

How i got mine out after stripping one:
I took a dremel and sliced a groove right down the middle of the bolt head so it had a "flat head screwdriver" slot. I took my HD large flat head screwdriver (1/2" head) and pounded that into the slot. Next i took my vice grips and locked them on the screwdriver shaft and turned it with the vice grips. You gotta make sure the groove that you slice on the bolt head is deep enough not to strip.

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post #5 of 16 Old 07-28-2007, 09:13 AM
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Mine did the same thing.

I second the tapping the bit in with a hammer trick. The painted screw heads keep the bit from correctly fitting.
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post #6 of 16 Old 07-28-2007, 03:15 PM
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some posted the idea of using an impact hammer driver, use hammer to activate rotation on tool? anyway others chimed in that it worked like a charm and is available at sears for twenty something bucks, (for the future) Good Luck!!
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post #7 of 16 Old 07-28-2007, 03:24 PM
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ALWAYS spray a Jeep torx bolt head with some PB Blaster prior to trying to remove and it will come out, usually without a lot of force. Also, before trying to loosen, put some brute force on it in the "tightening" direction to unseat the threads, then reverse and it will usually back out easier.

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post #8 of 16 Old 07-28-2007, 03:27 PM
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yeah you should be able to undo torx bits with just a hand driver.

i've never stripped a torx bit, my vw was COVERED in them.
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i've never stripped a torx bit


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post #10 of 16 Old 07-28-2007, 05:08 PM
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Ive never stripped one either. I was wondering how you guys are stripping hardened bolts?
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I stripped one. I am new to working on vehicles and just thought it was a fancy shaped allen wrench lol. Then figured out I was wrong when I stripped it, got the torx bit, and still couldn't get them out. So I took it to the shop of a guy that kinda owes me some favors, and he hammered his nice Snap-on torx bits in and got em right out for me. I don't tighten them as much now
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post #12 of 16 Old 07-28-2007, 05:40 PM
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So you would much rather have phillips which cam out really easy comparably? The only bad thing to me with torx is the fact I have to carry around a whole set of torx drivers. Other than that I much prefer them to any other screw drive method.
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Its the paint that fills the holes that causes them to strip if you aren't careful. The unpainted ones , I never have had a problem with.
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there ya go arrby, don't roll your eyes at me.

stripped a few allens out though, ick.
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post #15 of 16 Old 07-28-2007, 10:12 PM
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Another handy tip. Pound that Torx bit in there, and heat the Torx bit.

Not cherry red (unless you have another bit, because you'll change the temper of your first one).

Heat, PB Blaster, hitting the bit...... repeat. And, if you don't have an air impact wrench, get a manual one. It lets you do the hitting and turning all at the same time.

And, if these are completely painted-over, make sure to slit the paint, to get the PB Blaster working in there.

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Easy Out from Sears works well usually.
Easy outs might work on some stripped fasteners.... but if you stripped these bolt out, they are stuck so tight that they will not "easy-out".
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