Stripped air box screw


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Stripped air box screw

Postby walker70 » Mon May 09, 2016 2:03 am



Hi,this always seems to be a headache with me,but need to know if any of you have an idea about this,I tried to drill the head of the screw at the bottom of the air cleaner cover but my problem is that the screw is turning in the air chamber cover so my drill will not bite into it,thanks for any ideas. :D



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Re: Stripped air box screw

Postby WingAdmin » Mon May 09, 2016 9:49 am

If it is in a metal stud anchored into the plastic, this might work. The end of the stud has a ribbed shape that is pressed into the plastic, and the plastic keeps it from turning - until it is tightened too much. This causes the ribbed part to rotate in the plastic, stripping out the plastic that was holding it from turning.

I have had success with these in the past by taking a very small torch and heating the end of the stud (or screw). The heat travels along the stud to the plastic. The goal is to melt the plastic slightly around the stud, re-forming it around the ribbed part. Once the heat is removed and the plastic cools, the stud is once again held in place, and the screw can be removed. It's a bit of a balancing act between not enough heat and too much heat.

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Re: Stripped air box screw

Postby julimike54 » Mon May 09, 2016 12:30 pm

I used a similar ploy. The nut held in by plastic on air box came out from someone over tightening . I used hot glue gun to melt in the nut. Coated threads with anti-seize paste for assembly & don't over tighten.
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Re: Stripped air box screw

Postby walker70 » Wed May 11, 2016 2:00 am

Update on air box,had to use a cutting wheel to get the screw off but now will have to get an air box because I got too close to the plastic and cut it,this was because I let the cutting wheel slip,at least they are not that expensive on ebay.




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