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Old 06-15-2003, 07:40 PM   #1
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Rusty screws in side windows (galvanized)

I have just bought a 325 A/S 1985 MH
Doing lots of repairs on it. The small screws
that are used on the aluminum windows all around
vehicle have small (#6) scews. All rusty and rust
running down window frames. I was able to remove
6 on two windows and broke off 2 on 1 window.
I am replacing them with Stainless #6 screws.
Look good when done. I need help in removing the
remainder screws with out breaking them off. Looking for a better method than I am using.
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Old 06-15-2003, 07:50 PM   #2
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Try a penetrating catylized penetrating oil. I have had good luck with PB Blaster. Spay it around the head, let is soak a day or so. I think you will have much better success.

Failing that, try a bit of heat. The only practical way to do that is with a high wattage soldering iron. Apply the tip to the screw head.


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Old 06-16-2003, 05:25 PM   #3
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rusty screws

Thanks for the tips Mark. I will try the heat
system. I tried the rusty bolt liquid all ready
and didn't work to well. Maybe I didn't let it work long enough. They are so rusty that the
Phillips screw drivers don't work well. I finally used a small pair of Vice Grips to grab hold of the heads and of course thats when they broke. So now I will have to drill out those two.
Thanks so much for the reply...

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I've used a die grinder with a narrow cut off wheel to make a slot in the head. It puts some heat into the screw and gives you a slot for a flat tip screwdriver.

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Old 06-17-2003, 08:42 PM   #5
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Thanks john that sounds like a good idea too.
I have a die grinder and thin wheel so will give it a try.

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