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Shredded screws

darkfibre Aug 22, 2010

  1. darkfibre

    darkfibre Member

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    Guys,

    I want to take off my wing mirrors, but one of the screws at the bottom of the mirror has a shredded philips thread and the screw driver can't lock on.

    How the hell can I get it off?

    I've tried the rubber band technique but to no avail...

    Please advise?
     
  2. Andy123

    Andy123 Member

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    If it is threaded then you most likely will have to drill it out. Start with a small drill piece to start a hole and work up to a larger one big enough to take the head off. Once you have taken the top part of the bolt off then you should be able to free it off. Andy
     
  3. rossbrownlee

    rossbrownlee Ross_S4

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    try a screw extractor set mate, easier than drilling it out.
    JML Screw Extractor from JML Direct

    you ccan usually get that JML **** in asda or some other supermarket or B&Q etc.
     
  4. quattro1

    quattro1 Member

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    might be a crappy advert but +1 on the screw extractor
     
  5. jojo

    jojo Looking for Boost! Staff Member Moderator Team Daytona Audi S3 quattro Audi A6 Audi Avant Owner Group

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    I would drill it out, the screws in question are tiny! You wouldn't be able to apply pressure for the JML extractor to grip it I think, and they are a few pence from Audi to replace!!
     
  6. darkfibre

    darkfibre Member

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    Thanks for the suggestions fellas, I'm just wondering if that screw extractor will be small enough to grip the screws in question...as Jojo mentions, they're pretty tiny :/
     
  7. darkfibre

    darkfibre Member

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    Sorry to drag this one up again. Still having problems with this. Because of the positions of the screws (being so close to the door panel), I'm finding it difficult to find a way to drill them out.

    Can anyone advise how I can get them out?
     
  8. s3dave

    s3dave TFSI Hybrid Supporter

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    i had this problem with those crappy screws, take the mirror of the door and let the dog see the rabbit....lol
     
  9. darkfibre

    darkfibre Member

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    Sorry fella, that one went straight over my head!?
     
  10. Alex C

    Alex C Well-Known Member VCDS Map User Audi S3

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    are these the screws that hold the black base plate to the underside of the mirror? If it is, next question is how much does that black base plate cost? Not much? Brute force then....
     
  11. S3 Rav

    S3 Rav Well-Known Member

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    After the bottom screws are off are there any other that need taking off to change the casing? Of got this far but now stuck!
     

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