How to remove stripped Pentalobe screws on iPhone 5?

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  1. Bartmaster1234, Nov 13, 2014
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    Bartmaster1234 macrumors newbie

    Bartmaster1234

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    I have an iPhone 5 with one pentalobe screw that would not just come out. It just spins in place no matter what I do. I tried supergluing a pin to it, but the screw is so small it won't stay. I tried soldering a small pin to it, but the surface area is so small the solder doesn't want to stay. I've tried several pentalobe screwdrivers, cheap ones, professional ones, metal ones, and yet I get nothing. Just the screw rotating in place.

    Is there anything I could do? It just sits there, rotating freely, mocking me. Any advice?
     
  2. jahall05 macrumors regular

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    You might have to pull really hard while spinning it. I had a stripped oil pan plug once on an old truck I used to drive and my dad had to take vice grips, pull it out and spin it to get it to come out.

    Worse case scenario is someone will have to somehow drill it out very carefully if that is even possible to be done on them since they are so small.
     
  3. asmith406 macrumors member

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    Place a very small amount of super glue either on the tip of the screwdriver or the head of the screw (don't get it on anything else) and then connect the screw and screwdriver as if you were going to remove it. Wait for the glue to dry completely and then try turning out the screws.
     
  4. Bartmaster1234 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I tried this. The surface area is so small that it won't bond.

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    I'm a little confused on what you mean.
     
  5. jahall05 macrumors regular

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    As you are unscrewing the screws you need to pull on them (pull them out as you try to spin them). It is hard to explain via text.
     
  6. HEK macrumors 68040

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    Try using a needle to put some side torque between screw head and body as you rotate screw with driver. You might be able to just add enough back pressure with needle to get the threads to engage.
     
  7. Greekaura macrumors newbie

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    This is an old post so I'm hoping that you scored the solution.YesIt just turns, mine even has a small amt Sticking out, But not enough to grab.Thanks
     

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