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post #1 of 5 Old 08-31-2011, 10:23 PM Thread Starter
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Need help removing siezed rear license plate screws (upper)

For about a month or so, my top rear license plate screws have been impossible to loosen with a screwdriver or drill with phillips head bit (its rusted)... So I brought my car to the mechanic yesterday to get it inspected, and while there, I asked him to try to loosen it. He got a vice grip, and the head of the screw turned, but it broke off from the rest of the screw (it rusted through)... So I had him break off the other one as well (well, try to loosen it)...

I was then left with this:




So I followed his advice to remove the most medial piece of the trunk with the theory that I will be able to grab the back of the screws with a vice grip and unscrew them that way. But what he and I didn't realize was this:


^^^ The place that the upper license plate screws actually screw into is a part of the whole trunk shell, not the piece that I removed....

Here is a shot of the pieces of the screws that I have to remove (one of them anyway) from underneath the trunk lid:


^Despite how it looks in the pic, its really tight in there, and I couldn't even get a needle nose vice grip in there to grab it... So I started drilling the screws with a small bit from the outside in an attempt to just drill the remianing portion of the screws clear out of there... Is there an easier way? Or a way that perhaps I haven't thought of?


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Try some Deep Creep or WD40.

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Try some Deep Creep or WD40.
...... And then what?

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Then keep drilling!!!

Spray the lube on both ends of the bolt and at some point in the drilling operation it will most likely break loose and thread itself out of the hole.

Sorry, but that's most likely your best route.
Just hope that it wasn't cross threaded to start with!

Also when you do get it out, I'd suggest running a tap (of the proper size) thru the hole to clean up the threads.
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If you don't have an extraction set, then you need to use a drill bit that's smaller than the diameter of the screw, drill through the core of the screw and eventually you weaken it and can just break it off and out of the screw hole with a small needle-nose. WD40 or any sort of lubricant wouldn't help at this point because the head is broken off. If you lube it, it'll make the extraction job harder while you are drilling and heat from the drill bit might get it smoking. Most lubricants are flammable.
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