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Old 04-19-2012, 04:14 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Help! Rusted retaining screw on rotors

Hey,

So I decided to replace all my rotors and brakes since the current ones are completely worn out. I just bought the car and it had been sitting for almost a year at the previous owners house. I started with my front right wheel and everything went well except when i had to take out the rotor, and to do that i had to unscrew the retaining screw. I realized the screw was rusted so i sprayed some wd40 to loosen it up but it didn't do anything. after multiple tries i was not able to make the screw move at all. even worse the got stripped and now there is no grip on the screw. I am not sure what to do now. the screw has completely lost its inner grip and i am not able to do anything. i am stuck in the middle of the process and i need help. Also I tried to move to the back wheel and i am unable to unscrew the lug nuts. I have tried everything with manpower and i used my impact socket drill but still not a single lug nut moves. Please help, i really wanted to get this done. Thanks in advance

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Old 04-19-2012, 05:58 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Don't bother with WD40. Get some pentating lubricant. Works way better. Spray heavily and let sit overnight. If that doesn't work get a small blowtorch. The one that attaches to the Coleman propane tanks. They work great
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