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Old 09-22-2020, 11:08 AM   #1
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Default How to remove very tiny stripped screw?

How do I remove a tiny completely stripped screw? They're the ones on my Hobbywing Axe, the 3 tiny ones on the sides. I've got 1 full rounded, 1 partially rounded, and 1 that's intact.

I've tried the rubber glove method, didnt work. I was thinking of using some JB weld, but the contact area is so small I'm not sure if it will grip.

Any suggestions as to what I can do? Or am I stuck with an unmaintainable motor?
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Old 09-22-2020, 11:26 AM   #2
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Default Re: How to remove very tiny stripped screw?

I don't own an Axe so I don't know where the screws are but a rounded screw (possible) solution is to use a drill bit equal or slightly smaller in diameter and drill the screw out. Sounds like it's too small to Dremel a slot and use a screwdriver.
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Old 09-22-2020, 12:43 PM   #3
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You could possibly grab it with a hemostat. Dont own what you have either, so Im not sure how much space you have
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Old 09-22-2020, 12:53 PM   #4
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Take pics so we can help. Not seeing what your looking at...I would grind off all bolt heads with a dremmel. Remove motor and replace the part that has the three grinded bolts on it. If it is a large part that cannot be replaced...I would dremmel two flat spots on the screw heads to grip with the correct pliers.

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Old 09-22-2020, 02:40 PM   #5
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Take pics so we can help. Not seeing what your looking at...I would grind off all bolt heads with a dremmel. Remove motor and replace the part that has the three grinded bolts on it. If it is a large part that cannot be replaced...I would dremmel two flat spots on the screw heads to grip with the correct pliers.
I don't have one but looking at pics, a couple of the screws are hex-head and couple others are phillips. I can see this being a pita to remove any of em if their heads are stripped. Trying to slot any of em with a Dremel & cut-off wheel seems would surely slice into the actual can.

I think if it was me I would try ( on the phillips head) to see if I could pry a very small flat-head screwdriver under the head and lift up enough to grab it with a very small pair of needle-nose pliers... then slowly try to extract it with the pliers. If it was the hex head screw, you might be able to jam or tap a cheap-o hex key into the hex-head and remove it that way... Or you might even be able to use a larger sized hex-key and shave it down on a few sides to be able to get it into the hex-head.

To reverse drill/ tap the phillips head screw out... it looks pretty small so prob tough even if you had a small enough bit.
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Old 09-22-2020, 04:33 PM   #6
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I don't have one but looking at pics, a couple of the screws are hex-head and couple others are phillips. I can see this being a pita to remove any of em if their heads are stripped. Trying to slot any of em with a Dremel & cut-off wheel seems would surely slice into the actual can.

I think if it was me I would try ( on the phillips head) to see if I could pry a very small flat-head screwdriver under the head and lift up enough to grab it with a very small pair of needle-nose pliers... then slowly try to extract it with the pliers. If it was the hex head screw, you might be able to jam or tap a cheap-o hex key into the hex-head and remove it that way... Or you might even be able to use a larger sized hex-key and shave it down on a few sides to be able to get it into the hex-head.

To reverse drill/ tap the phillips head screw out... it looks pretty small so prob tough even if you had a small enough bit.
I've tried the dreme, didnt work. I don't want to risk motor damage by drilling, the screw is really small, probably 0.5mm thread. It just makes it so I open up the motor. I'll probably just leave it there.
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