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post #1 of (permalink) Old 03-25-2009, 01:56 PM Thread Starter
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What is the tool and where is the best place to purchase the tool that removes the screws in the windshield and doors ect. it looks like a star pattern thanks.

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I think they are Torx screws. I bought mine at a regular old auto store. I think it was Checker. I don't remember the size though. Sorry about that. T something is all I remember.

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Yup, they are torx. Get a fairly good quality set of socket style bits from somewhere that will support the "lifetime warranty". The windshield hinge torx bolts are notorious for seizing and being a royal pain in the a$$ to remove. Prepare for a fight. Hit them with penetrating oil for a couple days before you try to turn them out.

Is this the only hammer you've got?
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and replace them with something of the hex head variety!

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Torx are the devil. Definetly buy some good ones and have a spare set on hand. I picked up a set of snapon torx bits off e-bay. They will still break just hold up longer.
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Definitely soak with a solvent for several days before trying to remove the windshield bolts. Pull the plugs in the windshield frame that cover the wiper linkage and squirt the penetrant at the thread end of the bolts. Then get up under the dash and squirt the bolts where they come through the cowl. The taper of the bolt heads will seal very tightly and not allow the penetrant to get past the head to the threads in sufficient quantity to be of any value.

Also, use an impact tool to remove the bolts. The vibrations from hammering on the tool will help break the bolts loose from the rusty nuts.

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And after all that you'll probably still need a drill.

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thanks for all the help

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Jim_Lou makes a good point, you've got to get to the back side of the fastener. In addition to that, I've had really good luck using a manual hammer powered impact driver. Craftsman Impact Driver - Model 47641 at Sears.com
The force of hitting the end of the driver pushes the torx bit further into the hole and helps to improve the bits bite.

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