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Has anyone run into a problem with this? Picture will be below. The hex screw is stripped (top part) and tried three different types of hex keys (allen wrenches) and it wont budge. Basically want to check out the fuses since something isnt working correctly. I only accessed the fuse box (front right side) ONLY once with no problem. Other times it was done at dealership. Anyone in MA (Boston area) could help me out with this tiny little task it would be much appreciated.

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Hey Sam,
If you have a drill, you should be able to use an "easy out" bit on that.

Take the bolt from the other side to Lowes and get another SS one.

My schedule is stupid right now, otherwise I'd meet up with you somewhere and see if we could get it out.

If you can't get a hold of a drill and easy out shoot me a PM and I'll figure out a time for you to come by and try to get that sucker free.

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Or, you could try a Left Handed Drill Bit. (The ones that dig in the opposite direction).

Here is one source:


Left Hand Drill Bit Set 13 Pc



Most HF, Lowes, auto parts, or hardware stores should carry them.

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Another option is to use a a cut-off wheel on a dremel and cut a transverse slot across the head, then unscrew it with a flat-head screwdriver. If the remaining head of the screw starts to break off, then finish cutting off the head with the dremel, lift off the panel, and grab the shaft of the screw with vice grips and unscrew it.

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If you use a Dremel, make sure you tape up the entire area....with many layers.

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If you use a Dremel, make sure you tape up the entire area....with many layers.
yea i was initially gonna suggest cutting a slit with a dremel...but those things are known to go their own way if you dont hold it super-steady.

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Small diameter wheel and yes, a steady hand. You can brace your hand on the access panel, it's not that hard. Tape might help with the visuals (don't grind here), but offers no real protection against the carborundum wheel.
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Another option is to use a a cut-off wheel on a dremel and cut a transverse slot across the head, then unscrew it with a flat-head screwdriver. If the remaining head of the screw starts to break off, then finish cutting off the head with the dremel, lift off the panel, and grab the shaft of the screw with vice grips and unscrew it.

Good luck!
I did the same thing when mine stripped also. It definitely works.
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Awesome! Thanks for the suggestions. I am definitely going to do this, but have someone else help me out.

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I can confirm I have had to drill one of these out and it does work
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It appears there might still be enough there to get the screw out.
I would use a brand new metric allen wrench, probably T handle, not balldriver, name brand
Lean on it fairly hard while turning

I am up on the North Shore
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Find the largest Torx bit that fits and try that before cutting a slot for a screwdriver.

If the largest is loose, wrap it with thin fabric or foil and tap it in so it's snug.

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Sam, I'm sure I have something to get that out. I do have torx. You're welcome to come over.
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got it! what a relief. i know the size is m5 x 20, but what screw should i get that is similar to my somewhat stripped one i have in the photo? once again thanks for the suggestions and offers.

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got it! what a relief. i know the size is m5 x 20, but what screw should i get that is similar to my somewhat stripped one i have in the photo? once again thanks for the suggestions and offers.
Great to hear! How did you manage in the end?

As for replacement I'd advise going with another M5x20 SS button head cap screw like you have... but don't go all Arnold when tightening it up (it is only an M5 ). Mine looked exactly the same as yours when I got my car... managed to get them out with a new metric allen key... then replaced with new ones and no problem for the next nine years.
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It's stainless steel. A real hardware store will have them and even Lowes has some.....likely this size as it's pretty standard.
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It is called a 'button head socket cap screw'

just for future reference
my local ACE hardware has them in stainless

or the dealer....
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