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Old 29-09-11
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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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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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