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post #1 of 5 Old 10-23-2013, 01:32 PM Thread Starter
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Over torqued screw, Tool

For those like me that have almost stripped out the cheap lead screws that seem to find ways to tighten themselves.
I found a small hammer type torque tool at harbor freight for $4.99. It is narrow enough to reach into the small spaces where you might need to use it. A whack or two with a hammer
will save completely stripping out those stubborn phillips head screws.
The tool works both ways so you can set a mild torque with them as well.
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post #2 of 5 Old 10-23-2013, 01:51 PM
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Your description sounds eerily like an IMPACT DRIVER, Stinker!

I consider an impact driver an essential tool for working on motorcycles, or anything with steel screws and alloy threads mating.

Galvanic corrosion between the dissimilar metals sometimes causes incredible adhesion. An impact driver often effectively extracts the screws, because . . . torque is only applied when the threads are relieved by a hammer blow.

A further enhancement toward removing stuck screws is . . . JIS (Japanese Industrial Standard) bits for JIS screw heads.

Generally speaking, Allen-head (hex socket) replacement screws are a good idea, as in carburetor screws. For the "special case" of the brake master cylinder reservoir screws, the following may be useful:

Regardless, an impact driver with the proper bit possesses considerable persuasion, when it comes to stuck screws.

Snap-On Blue Point 3/8" square drive impact driver, shown with four JIS bits:

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post #3 of 5 Old 10-23-2013, 11:16 PM
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simple test try thing for getting them out if they do strip out, before drilling and pulling them. put a rubber band on the tip of your driver, it takes up the stripped space and allows you to turn it out.

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post #4 of 5 Old 10-23-2013, 11:27 PM Thread Starter
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Impact driver was what I searched for but that alway got me only power
impact wrenches. When I happened on the term impact tool, that is when
I got the old style hammer drivers.
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A more appropriate name might be, "Manual Impact Driver."

Wikipedia has a pretty good entry under "Impact Driver," noting that powered impact drivers and impact wrenches do not exert the downward force of the manual impact driver.
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