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Old 01-06-2017, 05:13 PM
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So, I'm trying to replace the steering wheel audio control switch. Got the airbag off, no problem.

Once i did, I found that the screws that hold the switch on are Torx screws. No problem, I have the correct size Torx ratchet driver.

What IS a problem is, the SOB who previous owned the car stripped two of the three screws. They won't move.

My GF found a solution on the Internet that didn't work--putting a rubber band inside the holes to fill the spaces.

I tried drilling them out. I now have two round, very shiny larger holes in the center of the screws. Who knew GM had access to adamantium?

I could break the old switch off, but that leaves two plastic tabs behind which will prevent the wheel from going back together properly.

Does anyone have a solution?
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Old 01-06-2017, 07:59 PM
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I have never got that far in to that area can you put vicegrips on the screw?
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Old 01-07-2017, 02:07 PM
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Maybe on the one that's toward the outside of the wheel, but the inner one is also set down about three inches down toward the steering column. I can barely get the Torx ratchet in there.
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Old 01-09-2017, 01:37 PM
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Maybe on the one that's toward the outside of the wheel, but the inner one is also set down about three inches down toward the steering column. I can barely get the Torx ratchet in there.
I have TORX screwdrivers the old fashioned kind? That may be something to check on they have them at Harbor Freight, Lowes,Sears, and Some Ace hardware stores.
I hate when that is an issue.
There is a tool that I have seen to remove this stuff, a screw extractor but lowes has them according to google on the site. I think it was,at Ace too?
Once you get it off you might check a salvage yard to get the replacement item you need.
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Old 01-10-2017, 04:48 AM
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Stripped Allen's and Torx Fasteners need to be removed with a "Modified" EZ-Out.

Grind-off the point of the EZ-out so that the OD of the EZout "Just-fits" the ID of the drilled fastener.

BEFORE attempting removal, ... "SEAT" the EZout in the fastener with a couple of firm taps to make the tool bite BEFORE applying Undo torque.
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Old 01-12-2017, 01:58 AM
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Yeah, I've gotten two different EZ outs since posting the OP, looked for the answer on Google before I got any responses here.

The problem is, neither of them actually drilled into the screws far enough for the EZ out part to get any bite.

Has anyone used a specific brand that works? The ones that don't are Speed-Out (from Home Depot) and whatever the house brand is at Harbor Freight.
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Old 01-12-2017, 09:14 AM
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If it were me, I'd get a dremel and cut a slot into the head and grab a flat screw driver. If you can't get a dremel you might think about another way to get a slot in there like a file, bending a file, some other way to cut a slot in, carving attachment with wand, ect. I'm not sure how much room you have to work with.
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You have to modify the EZout!

Grind-off the point ... until you have the EZout that can fit.

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