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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old Apr 4th, 2009, 08:30 PM Thread Starter
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DIY Removing a rounded off torx screw.

I was removing the bolts from the front passenger seat got 3 of them off when the last one would not come off, now i think i have rounded it off. Please can some body help me remove this bolt. How much do you think a garge will charge or what tools will i need?
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The following post recommends trying a larger size torx screwdriver and tapping the head it into the rounded hole in the bolt ...

http://www.mini2.com/forum/engine-dr...ml#post3631973

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A couple of suggestions.

There are a couple of ways to remove a stripped or rounded bolt. Before you do anything try PB Blaster, this will help penetrate and make the bolt easier to remove. If you have a welder you could weld a torx bit to the bolt. If you don't have a welder you could try JB Welding the torx bit to the bolt. If you don't want to do this or don't have the proper stuff you could also try using a hack saw or a air grinder to grind a groove bolt and then use a flat screw driver to remove it.
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Try tapping different size hex keys (inc imperial) in there, if that dosnt work use a dremel and a cutting disc to grind a groove in there for a flat blade screwdriver.
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Or try hammering a cold chisel into the head and then turning the chisel with a spanner....
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hint: tighten bolts before undoing them. that way you can "crack" them without rounding off the undoing side of the head.

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In the end i had my mecanic do it when he changed my oil. Thanks to every who replyed.
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You can also coat the end of the torx bit with a little water and Comet (powder cleanser) which may give you just enough bite to get the stripped bolt out. (Just an FYI)....
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Ther eis a product available in most hardware stores unfortunatly I don't remember the name but basically it is microscopic steel spheres suspended in oil. You put a drop on the head of the stripped bolt and use the normal tool to take the bolt out, the stuff really works have used it many times in the past. Maybe it's called ready-loc or something like that.
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