Regarding something that got stuck in a very uncomfortable place...

… you mean, like the back of a Volkswagon?

Anyway, I was putting my fenders on the other day, and while I was turning the screw into the fendermount on my trackdrops (yeah, my trackdrops have fendermounts) the danged head snapped off of the screw! You see, the hole in the frame is threaded, and there’s a bit of paint in there that provided enough resistance that I twisted the head right off, and now the rest of the screw is stuck in there. So, that’s a pickle. I wonder, how would you get that out of there? There’s not enough sticking out to get a pair of vice-grips on it. A drill, maybe? I dunno, fuck.

Drill will probably be your best bet.

Yeah, drill it out and run a tap through the hole.

if there’s enough to file a slot for a flathead screwdriver, i would go that route first.

Good thing I can infer what you mean from context, because this doesn’t make sense.

To answer your question, I would likely try the drill route. You might be able to get enough material to catch and spin the thing out.

I’ve done this successfully in the past, but not with something as small as a fender mount hardware. I doubt there is enough there.

screw extractor

Left handed drill bit, then screw extractor .

Do you have any local machinist or mechanic friends?

I love that the effect of every suggestion was either nothing or damage to the frame until Halbritt chimed in.

Easyout +100000000

Hmmm I will look up these screw extractors.

To use an EZ out you first have to drill a hole in the stud/remnant. Use an EZ out that requires a drill much smaller the the stud diameter. If you drill to big you increase the chance of damaging the female threads and the extractor may blow up the stud causing it to seize.

A left handed drill is not necessary but sometimes you get lucky and it backs the stud out.

Be sure and drill on center, use a center punch, Give the EZ out a light tap with a hammer to get a good inicial bite.

Left handed drills often work very well. A set of number drills would be useful in this situation too. Start very small and go up one size at a time until you start to see the threads. By then you should be able to get the screw out with a dental pick or something similar.

Get this…


How clean are the threads by where you’ve sheared the head off? If the answer is “pretty clean,” then I would just go at it with a drill bit that’s smaller than the screw. If/when the bit catches on the screw, it should just drive it the rest of the way through the dropout and fall onto the ground. No need for a left handed bit in this situation.

Don’t try this unless the threads are clean though.

But you might be able to put a groove into the metal of the screw that would allow you to just unscrew the bolt with a flathead.

If you do screw it the rest of they way through the frame you can probably chase the damaged threads by sending a new bolt through the frame from the opposite side. Works like a charm.

sell frame buy new one


it had to be done.