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    How do you remove a stripped hex screw from brakes?

    We were trying to tighten my brakes with the Allen wrench and one of the screws finally rounded out. Checked online and they had several suggestions but most involved buying tools that look iffy. We did try putting the rubber band in the hole and turning with the wrench but that didn't work. After 11 yrs with my solid tires, I'm finally getting new ones since I'm having to tighten the brakes so often to get them to work.

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    Do you have an angle grinder with a cutoff wheel or even a hacksaw? You can notch it to turn it into a flat head.

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    I believe they sell a cutter head that would allow removal. Google stripped hex screw remover/extractor.

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    Screw extractor, you might even have one in your toolkit. https://www.homedepot.com/p/Vermont-...FTUCrQYdSSoEwg The windings are backwards, forcing the broken screw to come out.
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    If you can get hold of enough of the screw head, lock pliers, like these guys, might work.
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    That looks like a good idea. Might try that.

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    you can try to hammer in the screw head (if it isn't too rounded) the most similar "Torx" wrench you have. With luck, power AND WD-40, it can work.
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    Those look like good ideas. Think we will start with the cheap and work our way up..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crappler View Post
    If you can get hold of enough of the screw head, lock pliers, like these guys, might work.
    Straight jaw vice grips work better than curved jaws for this application but you need a nub to grip to.

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    A picture of your dilemma would help to get an idea of what you have to work with.

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