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Posted: Wed Apr 02, 2008 7:15 pm 
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So here's the problem,

I ent to replace the head unit in my EF Fairmont Ghia (premium sound system), I removed the dash plate, and the torx screws have already been stripped!

As this is a VERY awkward area, what is the best way to remove these?

Don't really care if I destroy them, because I will be replacing them with different screws for future access.

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Posted: Wed Apr 02, 2008 7:16 pm 
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easy, correct sized drill bit and a drill
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Posted: Wed Apr 02, 2008 7:31 pm 
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use a flat head Screwdriver , one that is a bit on the big side and use that to turn them.

my mate had the same problem with the ones that hold the head unit in and i used a flat head driver and a pair of multiy grips and it came undone.

 

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Posted: Wed Apr 02, 2008 9:19 pm 
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flat head screew driver or use a torx bit a size or two bigger and tap it in

 

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Posted: Wed Apr 02, 2008 9:24 pm 
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get yourself a pair of small pointy nose vise grips these get them out real easy..

 

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Posted: Thu Apr 03, 2008 10:23 pm 
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FordFairmont wrote:
easy, correct sized drill bit and a drill


+1 for drilling

 

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Posted: Fri Apr 04, 2008 12:37 am 
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when it doubt, drill it out

 

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screw extractors, still require drilling though

 

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Posted: Fri Apr 04, 2008 12:11 pm 
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keep away from drilling if you can - because you still need the thread for the replacement screw .. if you have a dremel you could fashion a flat blade slot and use that to get it out, dremel's are cool!!

 

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Meh, Mole wrench or vice grips.

I've even taken them out with 'yellow' sidchrome electricians pliers.
I guess u need a bulgarians strenght!

 

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or try the less invasive method of trying to tap in and use a slightly larger one.

did they have any luck? i need confirmation on this anacdote!

 

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Posted: Fri Apr 04, 2008 5:48 pm 
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well, after hours of failed 'safe' attempts to remove the screws, I drilled them out.

Worked a treat.
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