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Offline 84W250

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How do you remove a stripped bleeder screw?
« on: December 18, 2011, 11:49:30 PM »
i stripped the the bleeder screw :(

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Re: How do you remove a stripped bleeder screw?
« Reply #1 on: December 19, 2011, 12:01:29 AM »
Which one and how bad is it? There are a couple of things that has worked for me in the past. One I was able to get a pipe wrench on with it still on the truck. I would tell you to run to Sears and get there strip nut removers, but I think you are around Fairbanks and no Sears that I remember. That is what I used on the other screws that stripped.

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Re: How do you remove a stripped bleeder screw?
« Reply #2 on: December 19, 2011, 01:55:10 AM »
They're pretty soft metal - easy to strip (I assume you mean you rounded the hex nut bit, not stripped the threads in the caliper/cylinder).

Usually a good pair of vice grips or channel locks will get them out.  Try rocking it gently back and forth (loosen-tighten-loosen-tighten) to get it to break free.   Don't get too happy with the torque you apply, I have broken them off before doing that.  And, the only thing worse than a bleeder stuck closed is one broken so it can't close.
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Re: How do you remove a stripped bleeder screw?
« Reply #3 on: December 19, 2011, 10:01:44 AM »
Simple, spend $10 and get a new brake cylinder. That's what I always end up doing if they fight me even a tiny bit.
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Re: How do you remove a stripped bleeder screw?
« Reply #4 on: December 19, 2011, 10:03:11 AM »
Simple, spend $10 and get a new brake cylinder. That's what I always end up doing if they fight me even a tiny bit.

That works if it's on a drum brake.  Front calipers are a little more expensive.
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Re: How do you remove a stripped bleeder screw?
« Reply #5 on: December 19, 2011, 10:31:31 AM »
I was lucky this spring after the bleeder broke off. I was able to drill it and use an easy-out. I assumed at the time I was going to have to replace it. I now keep a set of new bleeders and replace them when I loosen an older one. The new ones get coated with never seize.
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Re: How do you remove a stripped bleeder screw?
« Reply #6 on: December 19, 2011, 11:13:30 AM »
Drill and easyout the tapered square kind always work the best for me.
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Re: How do you remove a stripped bleeder screw?
« Reply #7 on: December 19, 2011, 11:59:14 AM »
 Yup, vise-grips and even a little bit of heat if you can.

 If its broken or the threads are stripped, then I wouldn't even bother. Just go get a set of reman. calipers. You probly need new calipers anyway.......
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Re: How do you remove a stripped bleeder screw?
« Reply #8 on: December 19, 2011, 01:35:35 PM »
its not the threads its the actual screw. ill try the easy out then vise grips. thanks guys for your help!

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Re: How do you remove a stripped bleeder screw?
« Reply #9 on: December 19, 2011, 02:01:52 PM »
I know it doesn't help you now, but i always break them loose with a six point socket and finish with a wrench where possible.
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Re: How do you remove a stripped bleeder screw?
« Reply #10 on: December 19, 2011, 04:25:00 PM »
 No! Try the vise grips first, you have to drill the bleeder to use easy out.....
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Re: How do you remove a stripped bleeder screw?
« Reply #11 on: December 19, 2011, 04:49:47 PM »
No! Try the vise grips first, you have to drill the bleeder to use easy out.....

He may not have to drill the screw to use the eaze-out , since it already has a convienent hole in it !
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Re: How do you remove a stripped bleeder screw?
« Reply #12 on: December 19, 2011, 05:00:03 PM »
He may not have to drill the screw to use the eaze-out , since it already has a convienent hole in it !
If I remember correctly, the easy out wouldn't go deep enough. If I could have just got a new caliper I would have but none were available and the one I was working on was only a year old.
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Re: How do you remove a stripped bleeder screw?
« Reply #13 on: December 19, 2011, 05:12:13 PM »
buddy of mine used to weld a small screw into the hole at the end and use that to unscrew, told him he was crazy,

I am with the vise grips first, then left hand bit for easy out space, remember to lube up the outside threads if possible.and if you have the space and tools for it a little bit of heat could help.
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Re: How do you remove a stripped bleeder screw?
« Reply #14 on: December 19, 2011, 07:46:47 PM »
i just got a new caliper. how do i put it on? theres no clips or anything that attach to it except the brake hose.

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Re: How do you remove a stripped bleeder screw?
« Reply #15 on: December 19, 2011, 08:45:57 PM »
Seriously dude? if you can't figure out something as simple as unbolting 2 bolts and can't figure out how to search it, you might as well just have a shop do it.

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Re: How do you remove a stripped bleeder screw?
« Reply #16 on: December 19, 2011, 10:07:42 PM »
take picture
remove one bolt
take picture
remove another bolt
take picture
remove brake hose
take picture
remove pads
take picture

continue process until original caliper has been completely removed

print all pictures

place pictures in reverse order

follow pictures for the installation of new caliper
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Re: How do you remove a stripped bleeder screw?
« Reply #17 on: December 19, 2011, 10:28:50 PM »
Seriously dude? if you can't figure out something as simple as unbolting 2 bolts and can't figure out how to search it, you might as well just have a shop do it.

I'd go easy on him.  Profile says 17.  I don't know about him, but I had nobody at that age to show me how.  Dad didn't have a clue and neither did my brother (I've ended up showing my brother how to do a lot of things on his truck).  I had to pay my own way through college and learned a lot by trial and error - and a Chilton's manual.  Made friends with the mechanics next door to where I worked (they also got a fair amount of my paychecks sometimes) as well as the local dealership (got to thumb through and get photocopies of pages out of service manuals - especially wiring diagrams).
Most brake calipers have no more than 2 bolts holding them on - it's just how they so it that's different.

My best advice is to get a service manual - either a FSM, Chiltons or Haynes - whichever you can afford right now.
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Re: How do you remove a stripped bleeder screw?
« Reply #18 on: December 20, 2011, 08:51:46 AM »
if its a matter of only needing to bleed the caliper,Remove the caliper and hold it so the brake hose bolt is at the very top,loosen the bolt and have someone slowly push your pedal down ,this should work the air out,,,Dont pump it. Tighten the bolt down and have them release the pedal,repeat till the airs out.I f you have to get the bleeder out you can generally take a hammer and hit the caliper at the neck of the caliper where the bleeder screws in while using some kroil on it .If that doesnt work take a nut and put it over the bleeder  and use a mig welder and weld the nut on,,,the heat should help in loosening it up so work quick. Hope this helps.