Headlight adjuster screw stripped


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Headlight adjuster screw stripped

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Hey guys , I went to change my headlight using the how to on the site, but the p.o. has stripped the Phillips head,,any suggestions?


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Re: Headlight adjuster screw stripped

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I assume you are talking about the set screw on the adjustment knob. If your Philips won't work try the proper JIS screw driver in the bikes tool kit. If you don't have a JIS then you can grind the tip off of the Philips and put a rubber band over the tip to increase the grip . The screw only undoes about 6 turns but won't back out all the way out of the hole. You may have to dial it to the bottom after loosening it and give it a light tap to shake it out of the knob. 8-)
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Re: Headlight adjuster screw stripped

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I've also used a drop of white grinding compound on the screwdriver tip to keep the grip.
Other than RoadRoque's suggestions, you could also resort to grinding a slot in the screw head that a flat blade will fit.
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Re: Headlight adjuster screw stripped

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Maybe a JIS screwdriver along with this stuff: viewtopic.php?f=18&t=22187
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I'll add an endorsement for Screw Grab....that stuff works really well, and a great addition to any toolbox.
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If you have a drill and drill bits you can drill out the head and pull the knob off and unscrew the screw with a pair of pliers.
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Re: Headlight adjuster screw stripped

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Another trick, if you haven't got any other methods handy: put a rubber band in between the screwdriver and the screw, then press hard and turn the screwdriver to remove the screw.
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Use an electric Dremel tool with a thin cutting disc. You can cut a groove in the top of the screw and use a slotted screw driver instead of a phillips.


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