stripped screw in brake fluid cover

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tnoutlaw36
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went to change brake fluid today you guessed it stripped a screw head. anybody ever tried the tips that are desighed to remove a screw before i go out and buy them? thanks for any info

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There are a couple of ways to go about this.....
You can drill the head off then grab the shank with vise grips and turn it out.
Or you can use a left handed drill bit.these are a good idea but do not always work like they should.
Craftsman has some screw extrator sets but I never used them myself.They look like they work on tv but we know how things are in the real world........
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went to change brake fluid today you guessed it stripped a screw head
The Japanese star (Philips) screw head is a different size (contour) than the standard Philips head screw. Very easy to strip unless you use the correct size screw driver.
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If you have dremel and are real careful, you can cut a slot in the remainder of the head with a small cutting disc...then use a slotted driver to turn it out. Put alot of down force on the screwdriver and then tap the top of it gently with a hammer as you apply anti-clockwise force

It'll move!! ;)

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thanks for all the info. bought a bit at sears today going to try it . when i get it out going to teplace with allen heads if i can find them

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used the 7.99 bit from sears took about 5 secs worth the money they come in 3 sizes.

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just reading this thread, but on nuts and bolts that haven't been torqued to high heaven, the craftsman screw extractors usually work pretty well.
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Hooligan wrote:just reading this thread, but on nuts and bolts that haven't been torqued to high heaven, the craftsman screw extractors usually work pretty well.
+1

If it's something that's rusty or been in there for a long time, chances are they won't work. I've had moderate success with the kit I have. Worth having around to say the least. Saved my ass a few times in the past. Anymore if I have a screw strip out and need to order a new one I pick up about 3 or 4 extra to have on hand. Sometimes it's better to replace a 20 cent screw every time to avoid the headaches.
sting wrote:If you have dremel and are real careful, you can cut a slot in the remainder of the head with a small cutting disc...then use a slotted driver to turn it out.
+1 on that as well. Biggest risk is cutting a little bit into the cap of the cylinder, but the Dremel trick does work good.
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Post by wslonger »

I use a 1/2" Countersink bit its the right size to take the head off and leave enough of a stud sticking up to get pliers or vice grips on most times they can be removed with your fingers after the head is off.

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