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Guest Message by DevFuse

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Need a lefthand thread screw/bolt...

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#1 mattocs


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Posted 10 August 2004 - 04:06 PM

...to take my steeting wheel apart on my 96 Outback. I stipped the torx/allen wrench screw thinger on the righthand side of my steering wheel. I need to put a new cruise control leaver in. So, to get the screw/bolt out I need a lefthand thread bolt or screw... I need a 1/4, 5/16, and a 3/8 bolt/screw. It can be any length, and can be a hex bolt, phillips screw, etc.

I am going to screw the lefthead thread screw in counter-clockwise until it is tight, and then it will force the bolt/screw in my steering wheel out by turning it loose.

I checked local hardware stores, Auto Zone, Adv. Auto Parts, Lowes, and Home Depot...some have the nuts for the bolts...but nothing else. If anyone knows where I could get one...a store, or a website, or ANYTHING...i'd really really appreciate it.

(I tried those things that are supposed to take out stripped screws, the ones that look like weird drill bits... it didn't work)

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Posted 10 August 2004 - 04:42 PM

Can it be drilled out?

#3 mattocs


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Posted 10 August 2004 - 05:00 PM

That is pretty much what the thing was that gets out stripped screws...a reverse drill bit...i'll look for a bigger reverse drill bit and try that...the problem with the other thing was it was to small.

#4 Ranger83


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Posted 10 August 2004 - 09:10 PM

Known as Screw Extractors or "Easy Outs" there are hardened, tapered, left-hand thread bits with flats on the top so you can put a wrench on them. You drill a hole in the shaft and insert one of these, to back out the shaft.

#5 mattocs


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Posted 11 August 2004 - 01:07 PM

That won't work. I spent $20 on them and it didn't work...it just slips.

I need a lefthand thread screw or bolt.

Thanks anyways.

#6 RallyKeith


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Posted 11 August 2004 - 07:07 PM


search for "left hand thread screw" and you'll get some options. I don't think that you are going to find something like that at a local store.


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