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Was out today trying to remove the oh sh*t handles from my A pillars, (1998 model), and I stripped out the phillips slot on 2 of the screws holding them in. I got 2 out, and it looks like they were put in with locktite. How can I get these out now? They are round head, so I cant use a socket or wrench. Anyone ever have this problem b4?
 

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I broke the heads off the screws, took the handles off, and had to use channel lock pliers to twist the shafts out.

Toyota put green locktite on those screws. Rediculous overkill. The replacement screws from the dealer had green locktite pre-applicated. The wire wheel fixed that...
Mine had blue locktite on em.

How did you break the heads off in case the flat head screwdriver suggestion doesn't work?
 

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ddriggers2 said:
Mine had blue locktite on em.

How did you break the heads off in case the flat head screwdriver suggestion doesn't work?
Well you have about 3 options that I can think of. First you can get a dremel and a cutting bit and cut a slot in the head and use it like a flathead. Second you can drill the head and shank and use an easy out. Or three, you can try to get one of those sears stripped nut extractor thingies that fits over the head of the rounded bold and cuts into it as you unscrew it. Kind of like an easy out without having to drill. That option may not work depending on how much space you have in there. If I remember correctly..... it isnt much.
 

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For future reference (too late for your current bolt), there are "impact drivers" out there that take interchangeable bits, and you hit them with a hammer and they twist at the same time. Cost around $25 and work wonderfully in those kind of circumstances.
 

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i tried doing that and stripped them out as well
I need to get an impact driver, for sure!
 

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Mine came out by about 1/4 an inch, and then decided they wouldn't go any further. So I too have stripped heads. I've tried bolt-out kits, but they just destroy the heads of the bolts more. I may just drill the heck out of it to get the head off, then use vice-grips to remove the "leftovers."

Why the heck they designed them like this is beyond me.
 

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For the next person trying to remove those screws, yes they are installed with thread locker. It is a #3 screw so use a #3 phillips screwdriver, a #2 phillips screwdriver will chew it up for sure. Before you put any torque on the screwdriver, engage the head in the driver in the screw and give the end of the driver a few good whacks with a hammer, then push like hell while you're unscrewing it stop and give it a few more whacks along the way until it really loosens up. It's nice if the screwdriver shaft has a hex drive on it too so you can use a cresent wrench to apply the torque while you press hard into the screw.
 

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Cant you some how apply heat to it to loosen it? Or would it need to much heat, like youd start melting your plastic molding... hair dryer hot enough?
 

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It's surround by plastic. It would get the screw loose alright but scew up the plastic in the process.
 

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I did the same thing with mine, but on the 04 they are hex heads. I overtightened and broke the head off. Left all the threads in the frame. I had to drill into the bolt 1/4", then tapped a slightly larger star-head screwdriver into the hole I made. Then I gently removed the shaft. Pain in the ass, but it came out. No heat or damage.
 
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