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Old 05-21-2019, 05:54 AM   #1
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Any one know why this thing won't back out? I've never seen LOC tite this intense and I fear I may have stripped it. Anyone have any helpful ideas for getting it out? Thanks.
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Old 05-21-2019, 06:48 AM   #2
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heat it up with the tip of a soldering iron...that will break the locktite bond..
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Old 05-22-2019, 09:49 PM   #3
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Sorry, but the photo isn't working for me so I can't see what you're problem is. By stripped, do you mean stripped head or stripped threads?

In general for a stripped head, you're going to drill the screw head off, then use pliers to turn the shank of the screw out.

To drill a screw head off, you start by selecting a drill bit that is the same diameter, or slightly less than the shank of the screw, e.g.: 3mm screw = 3mm drill bit. Then start drilling into the screw, and you'll see, hear and feel that head pop off and run up the drill bit.

Once that's done, the screw's shank is still buried in the part. You can now slide the part off because the screw isn't holding it on, and with the part removed, you should see a few MM of screw shank sticking up. Grab that with some Vise Grips and turn that out. Obviously you now need to replace that screw.

Another option for a stripped head, is to cut a slot into the screw head with a Dremel or other such tool. Now, you an fit the flat tip of a screwdriver into that slot, and turn the screw out.

If the threads are stripped, then the screw hole needs to be drilled out with a slightly larger bit (e.g.: 3mm screw = 4mm bit), then run a fresh 4mm screw into that hole.

Good luck. Stripped screws are the bane of every mechanic, as they turn a 5 minute job into a 25 minute job.
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Old 05-22-2019, 09:54 PM   #4
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Oh damn, I just re-read the title and noticed that it's a set-screw, so no head on that thing. That sucks!

In such a case, if you can't somehow cut a slot for a flat tip into that set screw, then you have to disassemble what you can, and whatever parts you can't disassemble because of that set screw, you have to buy new parts and a new set screw.
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Old 05-23-2019, 03:06 AM   #5
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If it's the hex that is stripped could you drill out the threaded part. 2.5mm is the tapping size for M3. Maybe strip the trans down and hold the shaft in a vice, then it would be easier to work on. I don't know what tools or skill you have obviously but hope it helps. The screw pin looks similar to the Axial ones. AXA0175. It might be possible to get the HPI ones, but I forget the part no.
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Old 05-23-2019, 03:10 AM   #6
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HPI part is 1166842. I think.
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Old 05-23-2019, 05:57 AM   #7
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Like your post (having worked on real cars and bikes my entire life). What we need are the world's smallest easy-outs. Ha. Beyond that, you're screwed. Sometimes you can't hope to get the screw out and you have to buy new parts.


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Good luck. Stripped screws are the bane of every mechanic, as they turn a 5 minute job into a 25 minute job.
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Old 05-23-2019, 07:44 AM   #8
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I had a couple rough ones in a used vehicle I got with mip driveshafts. The key thing is proper tools. I had duratrax tools as my first kit. Worked great for the first few times. Those kits are junk. Toss them out. Wouldn't last a whole kit build. Next I bought duratrax as I've seen good reviews even on here. Same junk, stripped out my 1.5 on the mips. Then I tried 2 new L shaped Allen wrenches i had from my mechanics tools, still couldn't get them. So I bought the mip hand drivers. Not cheap, but well worth it. It got them out for me. I also used my soldering iron for heat, even the first time I tried. So my point is, use quality tools and you will have a much less of a chance of having issues like this.
On another note, I have tiny easyouts. I'm an electrician so I work with small screws. I think I bought them at an electrical supply store. But having used them, no way they would take a set screw out that's torqued in tight. They do work for a stripped screw in plastic, like a cage screw in a bomber.

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