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Old 29 Aug 2005, 07:17 pm
hutchtoo
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Default Seized stripped screw

My car's distributor rotor (94 civic, see earlier post today ) is held in
place with a a seized up philips head screw that is starting to get
stripped. It doesn't look like a bolt, unlike the combo screw/bolts that
hold in the distributor cap. Anyone have a smart strategy for getting old
corroded screws out?

(Can't believe I'm asking this question, oh well...)

Thanks.


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Old 29 Aug 2005, 09:31 pm
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hutchtoo wrote:
>
> My car's distributor rotor (94 civic, see earlier post today ) is held
> in place with a a seized up philips head screw that is starting to get
> stripped. It doesn't look like a bolt, unlike the combo screw/bolts that
> hold in the distributor cap. Anyone have a smart strategy for getting old
> corroded screws out?
>
> (Can't believe I'm asking this question, oh well...)
>
> Thanks.


The screws are usually a small allen socket, not a philips. However, yours
may have been replaced with a non-stock unit. Are you indeed sure that it's
a philips and not an allen?

If it is a philips, then make sure that you're using an anti-camout driver
such as one of these http://tinyurl.com/aukm8 (the right size of course).

Eric
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Old 29 Aug 2005, 09:45 pm
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Default Re: Seized stripped screw

On Mon, 29 Aug 2005 19:31:45 -0700, Eric <say.no@spam.now> wrote:

>hutchtoo wrote:
>>
>> My car's distributor rotor (94 civic, see earlier post today ) is held
>> in place with a a seized up philips head screw that is starting to get
>> stripped. It doesn't look like a bolt, unlike the combo screw/bolts that
>> hold in the distributor cap. Anyone have a smart strategy for getting old
>> corroded screws out?
>>
>> (Can't believe I'm asking this question, oh well...)
>>
>> Thanks.

>
>The screws are usually a small allen socket, not a philips. However, yours
>may have been replaced with a non-stock unit. Are you indeed sure that it's
>a philips and not an allen?
>
>If it is a philips, then make sure that you're using an anti-camout driver
>such as one of these http://tinyurl.com/aukm8 (the right size of course).
>
>Eric

the allen heads haven't been used for years! break the rotor
and the get a vise grips on it to break it loose, or i've used an
impact driver also
Chip
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Old 29 Aug 2005, 09:47 pm
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hutchtoo wrote:
>
> My car's distributor rotor (94 civic, see earlier post today ) is held in
> place with a a seized up philips head screw that is starting to get
> stripped. It doesn't look like a bolt, unlike the combo screw/bolts that
> hold in the distributor cap. Anyone have a smart strategy for getting old
> corroded screws out?
>
> (Can't believe I'm asking this question, oh well...)
>
> Thanks.


============================

Did you try the pedal-to-the-metal method to see if the Owner's Manual
is right? Those screws can be a real bear. (it won't smell flooded, the
way carbureted cars do).

'Curly'
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Old 30 Aug 2005, 05:23 am
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> Did you try the pedal-to-the-metal method to see if the Owner's Manual
> is right?


I did try that, and flooding did not seem to be the problem but thanks for
the suggestion.



> Curing a flooded fuel injected engine
>
> If you suspect that your fuel injected engine is flooded. Push the gas
> pedal to the floor
> while starting. The ECU (electronic control unit) will detect that the
> throttle is more than
> 2/3 of the way open and shut off the fuel while starting for a period of
> time (I believe 15
> seconds) to clear the flooded condition. Then it will apply fuel to start
> the engine.



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Old 30 Aug 2005, 05:28 am
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"hutchtoo" <hutchtoo@gmail.com> wrote in
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> My car's distributor rotor (94 civic, see earlier post today ) is
> held in place with a a seized up philips head screw that is starting
> to get stripped. It doesn't look like a bolt, unlike the combo
> screw/bolts that hold in the distributor cap. Anyone have a smart
> strategy for getting old corroded screws out?
>



It's a tough one! You may have no choice but to remove the distributor
(which is easy).

http://www.tegger.com/hondafaq/distrotor.html


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Old 30 Aug 2005, 08:58 am
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Well that's one way to take control of the situation!

I just have to laugh, seems in these projects I spend 50% of my time
dealing with seized up screws and inaccessible bolts. :P

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Old 30 Aug 2005, 03:01 pm
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If you can get a good bite on the screw or bolt, try TIGHTENING it.
Sometimes this will break it loose, and then you may be able to back it out.
Good luck.
"TeGGeR®" <tegger@tegger.c0m> wrote in message
news:Xns96C241E88FFB9tegger@207.14.113.17...
> "hutchtoo" <hutchtoo@gmail.com> wrote in
> news:e9ydnVM6weIbOI7eRVn-pA@rcn.net:
>
>> My car's distributor rotor (94 civic, see earlier post today ) is
>> held in place with a a seized up philips head screw that is starting
>> to get stripped. It doesn't look like a bolt, unlike the combo
>> screw/bolts that hold in the distributor cap. Anyone have a smart
>> strategy for getting old corroded screws out?
>>

>
>
> It's a tough one! You may have no choice but to remove the distributor
> (which is easy).
>
> http://www.tegger.com/hondafaq/distrotor.html
>
>
> --
> TeGGeR®
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> www.tegger.com/hondafaq/



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Old 02 Sep 2005, 01:20 pm
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If you have to take out the distributor, you might grind a straight slot in
the screw head with a Dremel motor and a small grinding wheel. Then you
could just use a straight tip screwdriver to unscrew it.
Ron


"hutchtoo" <hutchtoo@gmail.com> wrote in message
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> My car's distributor rotor (94 civic, see earlier post today ) is held
> in place with a a seized up philips head screw that is starting to get
> stripped. It doesn't look like a bolt, unlike the combo screw/bolts that
> hold in the distributor cap. Anyone have a smart strategy for getting old
> corroded screws out?
>
> (Can't believe I'm asking this question, oh well...)
>
> Thanks.
>
>



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Old 02 Sep 2005, 06:42 pm
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"R&B" <Tovars52@sbcglobal.net> wrote in
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> If you have to take out the distributor, you might grind a straight
> slot in the screw head with a Dremel motor and a small grinding wheel.
> Then you could just use a straight tip screwdriver to unscrew it.



It'll strip. The head's not deep enough.
http://www.tegger.com/hondafaq/distrotor.html



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