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Number plate allen key rounded off?!?

munchkincoupe Jan 29, 2012

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  1. munchkincoupe

    munchkincoupe Member

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    I bought some of these from ebay to replace the rounded off Audi screws eBay - The UK's Online Marketplacegone to replace a bulb today and one of the bolt heads has rounded off :keule:

    How do I get a rounded allen key bolt out please????

    Thanks
     
  2. Sheikh

    Sheikh Member

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    I got it out by, grabbing the head with some pliers (the ones that lock in place) and then just twisting them out! Was a total pain though, good luck!
     
  3. Brett Butler

    Brett Butler Member

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    Well I would not use the one you bought either, I would acquire stainless steel ones.

    I would try WD 40 to loosen the bolt, and try again.
    It is quite hard to remove a bold with a rounded head, especially if you cannot get grips onto the head. I would drill it out with a small drill being careful to make sure it is in the centre and not to drill into the hole thread. By rights you need a screw extractor that is like a tap with a reverse thread on it that tightens into the old bolt and winds it out.

    I must stress it is quite a skilled job with small bolts.

    Good luck with it
     
  4. mjr901

    mjr901 Guest Gold Supporter Audi S3

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    try a torx head that's slightly to big and a hammer then untighten. tends to work when I balls screw heads up
     
  5. paul 6969

    paul 6969 New Member

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    hi did you get the bolt out with the locking plies if yes fine,if no try grinding a slot in the head of the screw with a bradall (very small grinder )this will let you use a screw driver,
     
  6. xanderxxx

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    Try a small anti-clockwise drill bit (stud removal kit type) into the head generally this will bring it out if not, then, the hole you made (small) put a stud extractor in out itll come. not sure where you are but if near Brizzol i have the kit to do it with if you can't get it out :)
     
  7. munchkincoupe

    munchkincoupe Member

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