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Old 05-02-2013, 07:46 PM   #15
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And yes, use a left hand drill bit. That way if it starts to catch it will draw the screw out. With any luck if you were able to break the screw loose from the side first, you won't have to drill to far.
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Old 05-02-2013, 09:01 PM   #16
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If you can access it from the side of the channel, if its not totally enclosed, my first approach would be to cut it from the side with a rotary tool and a small metal cutting disc.

BUT- I've used my dremel quite a bit and have a very steady hand with it. You should practice on some scrap metal first to get the feel to it.
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Old 05-02-2013, 09:21 PM   #17
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I think Ryan's idea may be the best. I use an air powered die grinder with a thin cut off disc for all kinds of things. Either split the whole screw, which will take pressure off between the screw and the channel it is in, or cut a slot near the broken end to get a screw driver in. I'm not a big fan of WD 40, I use Cyclo Breakaway, CRC Screwloose, or Howes Lube, or PB Blaster, but everyone has their favorite stuff.
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Old 05-04-2013, 07:15 AM   #18
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WAY EASIER!!. Started working on removing my broken screws, and realized drilling and cutting wasn't necessary. If yours broke off on the outside channel like mine (which is exposed to the weather) all you need to do is carefully flex and bend the channel open slightly, and pop/pry thy screw out of the side opening . I ended up bending about 5-8 before they came loose.
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Old 05-04-2013, 07:48 AM   #19
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Having restored old cars and working on rusted and broken off screws and bolts and in my opinion having tried all of the removers I give Grabit a three thumbs up. you can get them in Lowes. Put your drill in reverse and drill the shank with the one side and then flip it over and while still in reverse push it in and so far it has come out.
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Old 05-04-2013, 08:38 AM   #20
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Not trying to steal the thread but as another old car observation I used this a lot. I know there will be additional comments but wanted to offer it up for anyone to keep in their back pocket.
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WAY EASIER!!. Started working on removing my broken screws, and realized drilling and cutting wasn't necessary. If yours broke off on the outside channel like mine (which is exposed to the weather) all you need to do is carefully flex and bend the channel open slightly, and pop/pry thy screw out of the side opening . I ended up bending about 5-8 before they came loose.


Now don't go wrecking our fun by coming up with a simple workaround!

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Old 05-04-2013, 09:57 PM   #22
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WAY EASIER!!. Started working on removing my broken screws, and realized drilling and cutting wasn't necessary. If yours broke off on the outside channel like mine (which is exposed to the weather) all you need to do is carefully flex and bend the channel open slightly, and pop/pry thy screw out of the side opening . I ended up bending about 5-8 before they came loose.

Funny you should mention this. I just took a closer look at it today and realized the channel is a bit open on the side. I was wondering about bending it but worried I would ruin it. So glad someone else has experienced this too!! What did you use to bend it? You had no problem bending it back?
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I used a pair of players, but put some wood along the channel to spread the force out. ( a paint stir stick busted in half ,on either side) On the second window I remembered where my sheetmetal vicegrips were ,and used those. Once I had it bent a little bit(where it didn't flex back) I used an awl to pop it out at the end while flexing the channel a bit more. Then I just grabbed the end and pulled it out sideways. The frame bent back into shape no problem, since I didn't have to bend it too much in the first place...
Good luck.
I felt like I cheated since I have all the tools ready and never used most of them.
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Solved!

Yay! I got them out! Thanks everyone!
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