Remove Stripped Screw.

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  1. RossMc macrumors 65816

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    The screws that hold the battery in place (Triwing Ones) One of them is stripped on my MBP.

    I ordered some new ones and they should be arriving next week.

    Does anyone have an idea how to get the stripped one out? I have tried pliers but they don't seem to grip the screw to be able to turn it.

    This is the screw I mean.

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  2. rglatter macrumors regular

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    try using a flatblade screw driver in two of the "wings", they also make special drivers made for removing stripped screws but they usually are not for screws as small as those triwings.

    You can also try looking for a little bit bigger than the correct size triwing driver, those are going to be hard to find though.
     
  3. mstier09 macrumors regular

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    I just had to deal with this issue tonight. I was swapping HDDs from a G-Drive to my MBP and stripped a screw during the process. I was able to get my hands on a Screw Extractor Set which certainly had small enough bits for my need.

    Now I don't know for sure how small the screws are that you need to remove, but the one that I removed were very small. Not as small as those on the botton of the MBP but not much bigger.

    I have to say though, I wasn't able to salvage the screw, it just got the head off and left the rest in. Luckily it didn't effect my project, but might effect yours! Good Luck!!
     
  4. l.a.rossmann macrumors 65816

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    Tech tip!

    Xcelite 175M will remove any stripped screw in the right hands, by grabbing it from its sides tightly. It won't ruin the screw, and it always works.
     
  5. RossMc thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I might try those Xcelite 175M but I don't know if the gap is big enough to be able to use them. I tried with some pliers but couldn't get it to work as there was not enough room to turn them properly and get a good grip.

    Does anyone know what size Screw Extractor I would need to remove one of these Tri Wing screws?
     
  6. yycguy macrumors newbie

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    I don't know what access you have to small electronics tools, but there is a tiny little wire cutter you can get. It may be small enough to fit in where the screwdriver goes and on the side of the screw. I have done this a couple of times with larger screws and ones where I didn't have the proper head.
     
  7. mulo macrumors 68020

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    I usually just use pliers and squeeze as hard as I can (around 40lbs, tested it in class once :p )
    you could also try to solder a pice of metal onto there.
     
  8. RossMc thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I suppose if I take it to a local computer shop that repairs computers etc they will probably have the tools to get it out for me. I will probably do that instead of trying myself.
     
  9. mulo macrumors 68020

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    good idea, I guess you already voided your warranty though...
     
  10. RossMc thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I have ordered some of the exact same screws from a Apple reseller so it should be play.

    The little sticker that goes over one of the screws that hold the battery in place was already peeled and folded back anyway from when I had the trackpad replaced.
     
  11. RossMc thread starter macrumors 65816

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    My neighbour managed to get the screw out for me today and I replaced it with one of the ones I ordered from BookYard :)
     
  12. grapes911 Moderator emeritus

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    Last time I stripped a screw was on a desktop and I drilled it out. How did your neighbor get it out so future strippers may know?
     
  13. RossMc thread starter macrumors 65816

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    He hit the sides of the screw with a screwdriver I think to loosen it up and then he managed to get it with the pliers it took about 10 minutes going at it with the pliers but it finally loosened.
     
  14. mulo macrumors 68020

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    taken out of context that looks hilarious :p
     
  15. jon08, Dec 4, 2011
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    Hey guys, I ran into a problem when trying to remove the Superdrive in my late-2011 MBP - one of the screws just wouldn't budge so I tried various screwdrivers and pretty much stripped it (please see the picture below).

    1. How could I get that screw out?
    2. Since it looks pretty messed up, could sb please advise me where I could buy a new screw so that I could replace the stripped one should I use force to take it out?

    Thanks!

    [​IMG]
     
  16. cnsiva macrumors newbie

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    How did you resolve this?

    Hello Friend.. How did you get the screw out?

     
  17. Jazojas12 macrumors regular

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    You can always try to super glue a piece of metal on and then turn it.
     
  18. DIMEZ macrumors 6502a

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    i had this happen before in my macbook. I had to drill it out. Not really hard, just a lt of patience and time.
     
  19. jon08 macrumors 65816

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    I took it to an authorized repair service and they drilled into the nail and fixed it real quickly.
     

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