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Old 29th September 2011
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Default Damn torx screw

Hi,
I am slowly getting through replacing the lower control arm on my Saab 93 1999. The Haynes manual says it is a two spanner job, so I thought I would have a go myself (although I now realise my mechanical skills are 1 spanner! )
Anyway I am down to the torx screw and when trying to remove it (using a torx 50 size) I made a bit of a mess of the head.
Can anybody tell me what the correct size for this bolt is? 55 seemed to big and 50 too small.
Also, how should I proceed? What would be the best way to get this out?
Thanks in advance for any suggestions.
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You can start by hammering in the 55 (with a replacement on order, of course) and getting it that way.

If that doesn't work, get some vice grips on that sucker nice and tight and try that.

If that doesn't work, you might have to use a chisel on the side of it to shock it off.
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It's a T55, so you may have done some damage. Are you upgrading the bushings?
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Sometimes getting the rear stanchion arm off too and flipping the whole thing over and doing it on your terms and not the car's makes it easier too. But yes T55. I have 2 just for this job.
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Do you have an impact driver? I got mine for $10 at the auto parts store. It has saved my *** a few times. Try some Liquid Wrench or other penetrating fluid followed by the impact driver. If it still doesn't move you might need to use an extractor or drill it out.
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The impact driver is a required tool when working on motorcycles, especially their engines.

A very useful tool for anything that might have stuck screws and bolts.
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Somthing like this will grab it. Its a plumbing tool and will grip anything that has an edge to bite on

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Default Job done, thanks!

Hi,
Thanks for all the replies.
I thought I would try all your suggestions, starting with Beyonce´s as that didnt require me buying any more tools.
Thankfully, bashing the 55 torx into the hole worked.
I finished the job yesterday, and the new lower control arm is in place. I guess I can practise again some time soon with the other side...
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Somthing like this will grab it. Its a plumbing tool and will grip anything that has an edge to bite on
Another modern devlopment from Bogan Perfomance
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Another modern devlopment from Bogan Perfomance
Yes, Bogan Performance is at the cutting edge of tool technology
As I say, When you have done your best, Let your hammer do the rest
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Yes, Bogan Performance is at the cutting edge of tool technology
As I say, When you have done your best, Let your hammer do the rest
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Question 55 Torx Bolt for control arm

I changed out my control arms and ball joints by myself. It wasn't at all that easy. I am disabled and not a mechanic, per se. I did read the articles and threads on the problems some incurred while working on the same basic suspension systems. What I didn't see was an suggestions where these Torx 55 bolts can be purchased.

It is maddening. I looked everywhere to find even one. What is shown are bolts. But you are not able to determine if they are Torx first, 55 second, and if they are even the right length for the control arm. I am certain someone must sell them, but no clues are given where I can get a replacement. I would purchase two if I could. I had to bash the one I had pretty badly to get it out. Once out, I cleaned it and filed it on two sides so a wrench can be used if necessary to remove the darn thing.

Anyone know where I can get a replacement T-55 torx bolt for a 1999 Saab 9-3 SE Hatchback would be greatly appreciated. I got the control arms, ball joints and sway bar end link kit in and the car is handling beautifully again.

Thanks. I hope to get a reply soon, but I don't really need the bolts yet, but if the price is right and I find them great. I tried Eeuroparts first, but no description that will satisfy me and I may call them. Again thanks everyone.
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Everything suspension-wise should be here. I suspect that it's the 7984933 part that you need... Ron

http://www.eeuroparts.com/Cars/SAAB/...tsuspension/1/
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Its very hard at times to pick out the correct part on Eeuro...

I wonder why they got rid of the diagrams??
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I wonder why they got rid of the diagrams??
I've talked with them a couple times about that over the last couple years. Some good reasons, some poor excuses, there were places some of them showed up, but still not like the old days. They recently redid the site again (in the last week) and the diagrams seem to be completely gone now. I don't think they realized how useful they are in finding parts and how important that is to their sales.

If you can find a copy of the EPC on the 'net, that's the way to go now.
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Jim Ellis Saab has the same diagrams, tho they only match up to part numbers, eEuro would list the items by diagram numbers too.
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FWIW, I found out that eeuro was not able to get rights to Saab diagrams. They had to have an artist recreate them by hand.

Still, they had most of them done for our cars... and they really made it easy to order.
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FWIW, I found out that eeuro was not able to get rights to Saab diagrams. They had to have an artist recreate them by hand.

Still, they had most of them done for our cars... and they really made it easy to order.
They looked like the diagrams the parts computers at Saab dealers showed. So I can see the rights/copyright issues. Too bad; not only were the diagrams helpful, they probably helped sell extra parts. "Oh, I need #3, but #4 and #5 probably should be replaced while I'm in there."
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