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Removing rounded off number plate light screw!

Silky-S3 Aug 13, 2012

  1. Silky-S3

    Silky-S3 Is loving his new 8V S3!

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    Anyone got experience of this? Since Audi decided to use soft cheese to make these screws one of mine is totally rounded off. Looks like i'm gonna have to drill it out :( Or anyone else got a better idea?

    Cheers
     
  2. Rhyso

    Rhyso Well-Known Member

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    Same happened to me :(

    Think i drilled it out but I was replacing the unit as it wasnt working so was a little heavy handed......
     
  3. Silky-S3

    Silky-S3 Is loving his new 8V S3!

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    Hummm..look pretty tight to get a power drill in there?
     
  4. PaulRS3

    PaulRS3 Well-Known Member

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    I would continue to try and remove it with screwdrivers and pressure, perhaps even try a flat head screwdriver in a damaged Philips head screw, often a change in driver will make all the difference, but be ready to chew up screwdrivers trying.

    If you absolutely must drill/dremel the head off, try and retain a stump by just taking the head off, so you can get grips on to it once the lights removed.
     
    Last edited: Aug 13, 2012
  5. Brodster

    Brodster Well-Known Member Team Ibis VCDS Map User Audi S4 Audi Avant Owner Group

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    I used a small chisel to cut thro the plastic around the screw. But then again I did have 2 new units ready to install and changed the screws for better ones as the Audi ones are made of chocolate.
     
  6. dex140

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    Id try and get a pair of mole grips on it!
     
  7. TimG

    TimG Active Member

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    I happened to have this problem just yesterday! I managed to get the pliers on it in the end, normally the shaft is more resilient than the head!
     
  8. ilim

    ilim Active Member

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    If ur car is under warranty, Audi will sort it out for u :)
     
  9. hades-

    hades- Well-Known Member VCDS Map User

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    the screws are flush with the plastic

    i had 2 new ready to fit and just cut the plastic and then grips
     
  10. dex140

    dex140 Member

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    Ah yeah i think the plastice cover are only a few pence! You could always get a junior hacksaw an saw some slots in to get a flat head screwdriver in to remove, you will have to buy some new plastic covers thogh!
     
  11. hades-

    hades- Well-Known Member VCDS Map User

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    its not realy a cover its the full light unit
    and very very hard to get a hacksaw in there
     
  12. TimG

    TimG Active Member

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    I have re-read and realised its the number plate light unit, not the number plate screw! Doh. Yeah much harder!
     
  13. Jameze

    Jameze James

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    Try a rubber band and lots of pressure, that might bring it out. Like so...

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  14. dex140

    dex140 Member

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    Ha just realised its the nuimberplate light screw! I though it was the numberplate screw!
     
  15. audicruiser

    audicruiser Audi Heaven

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    New light required (which come with new screws), rip and break the plastic lens which will come away from the screw leaving the screw proud and then your able to get long nose pliers on it and undo... It's the only way I found when I did mine. I got the new lights units from Cardiff Audi through E-bay for £11 delivered. It was cheaper than a tailgate respray which I'd of needed if I'd carried on with the other methods I was trying!!
     
  16. martinivw

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    I too had to drill the head off the screw(I used a small "centre drill" in picture, which u should get from any hardware store) if your cautious enough just to drill the head off from the screw ,the unit will come out undamaged and as previously posted, get the long nosed pliers into the remainder of the screw
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    Last edited: Aug 14, 2012
  17. Silky-S3

    Silky-S3 Is loving his new 8V S3!

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    Cheers guys! Gonna try a few of these this week and let you know how I get on! I wish it was the number plate screws!

    Do B&Q etc sell them drills?
     
  18. Silky-S3

    Silky-S3 Is loving his new 8V S3!

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    How did you get the light out without damaging the surround? Just put a screw driver through it?
     
  19. audicruiser

    audicruiser Audi Heaven

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    I drilled through the lens which far easier than drilling the screw out...
     
  20. martinivw

    martinivw :)

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    yeah, I used a really small jewellers screwdriver to pop it out ;)
    I got those centre drills from work :(
     
  21. martinivw

    martinivw :)

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    Depends how good you are with a drill ;)
     
  22. Silky-S3

    Silky-S3 Is loving his new 8V S3!

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    Well, what a ***** that was! Got it out after some deremal action, but had to destroy the light :( Gonna order the new OEM LEDs from the A5 to replace them :)

    Cheers guys
     
  23. audicruiser

    audicruiser Audi Heaven

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    Exactly... No other way around it really. Glad your sort of sorted!
     
  24. dk1234

    dk1234 Member

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    I'm having the same problem and didn't realise there would already be a thread on this. thought these things just happen to happen to me lol I posted here http://www.audi-sport.net/xf/threads/how-to-remove-stripped-screw-numberplate-bulb-holder.245847/

    Is it best to try and drill the screw out first or break the plastic casing for the light. I don't use a drill alot just to note. If I do break the plastic of what is the best way? or should I say where best to break it? I have a drill and I have a Deremal that I have never opened. If I do is it best to avoid the bit shown in the red box or doesn't it matter? also are the lights from ebay any good as replacements or is it better to get from Audi? I saw someone mentioned that they bought from Audi on Ebay but can't see Audi on there.

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