Great Method for Removing Stripped Screws on Bike Parts

This video will show you how to remove a stripped screw. You can use this method on pretty much any stripped screw. As you can see, this screw was stripped and I created a flathead, which I removed with a flathead screwdriver. This is called the slotting method. The best way to do this is with a dremel or a rotary tool and cutting the slot into it. If you don’t have one of these, you could use a hacksaw or something similar, but it doesn’t work as well.

Use a rotary tool or dremel to create a slot for a flathead screwdriver in stripped screws

First thing to know: if you look at this screw you will see blue stuff on it. That is lactate, which helps to lee the screw in as tight as possible, making it extremely hard to remove. Take the rotary tool, and hold it straight on the screw to create a slot in it. Once you create the slot, you use a flathead screwdriver to remove it. However, because of the lactate, the screws were still hard to remove even after making the slot. In this case, a heat gun or a hair dryer will come into play. Hold the hairdryer up to the screw for a couple of minutes and it worked just fine removing.

Where eye protection to avoid sparks when creating the slot with a rotary tool

When creating the slot, a lot of sparks will be flying, so be sure to wear eye protection. Once the slot is big enough to allow you to apply force with the flathead screwdriver, you should be good. If it still can’t be removed, then move on to the heat. When removing the screw, you will need to apply a lot of torque, so the bigger the screwdriver the better.

A hair dryer or heat gun can be used to loosen loctite from stripped screws

When using a hair dryer is necessary, hold it right up close to the screw and leave it there for about two minutes on the full setting. This will help loosen the loctite.