How to Remove a Torx Bolt

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A torx bolt is star shaped and has six points. Its purpose is to torque something enough to the point where it won't come loose without either damaging the tool or the screw head. The only way a torx bolt can be stripped when trying to remove it is if you are using a tool not meant to remove a torx bolt, or if the bolt is rusted and will not turn easily.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

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Things you need

  • Torx screwdriver set
  • PB Penetrating Catalyst
  • Small paint brush
  • Small propane torch

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Identify the size of the torx bolt you are trying to remove. Place each torx screwdriver onto the torx bolt head to find the right size.

  2. 2

    Insert the correct size torx screwdriver into the torx bolt. With a firm grip, turn the torx screwdriver to the left to loosen the bolt. If the torx bolt is rusted and will not turn, proceed to Step 3.

  3. 3

    Apply PB Penetrating Catalyst oil to the torx bolt with a small paint brush or applicator. Let the oil sit for approximately one hour. This will make it easier to turn the bolt if it is rusted.

  4. 4

    Place the appropriate torx screwdriver onto the torx bolt and turn it counterclockwise to remove it. If the bolt still will not turn, proceed to Step 5.

  5. 5

    Apply heat directly to the torx bolt using a small propane torch. Heat will cause the bolt to expand and could loosen any existing rust to aid in removal. Repeat Step 4.

Tips and warnings

  • Do not heat any other area but the bolt as this could cause damage to either paint or other surrounding parts.

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