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General Chat Thread, An annoying car problem... in General; Originally Posted by amyr have just found this JML Screw Extractor from JML Direct and think it might work? to ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by amyr View Post
    have just found this JML Screw Extractor from JML Direct and think it might work?
    to big, I would think something like this would be best Draper Schroder 5 Piece Screw Extractor Set : Tooled-Up.com

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    Smallest is 3mm. Might just do it, but it will be a fiddle!

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    I think Maplins have a similar set, will have to get dad to investigate when he gets a minute. i'm hoping i can find a set with a 3mm in which might do the trick...

    thanks for all the help so far guys, i knew that there must be some way of getting this screw out! just wasn't sure how and all the suggestions so far have been v helpful...won't get to try it out until the weekend when i go visit my parents though (2 hour drive away...hmm might have to find charger for mp3 player otherwise i will get v bored listening to the same cd over and over again...)

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    You can also try Silverlake Garage at Botley (Just outside Hedge End, Southampton).

    Welcome to Silverlake Garage

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    I'll fire up the netbook in a bit and look at the Vx TIS DVD I have installed -that may have a solution for removing the aerial.

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    I'm a bit of a bodge artist (fixed a fuel leak in my austin mini, with a mcdonalds straw and two cable ties) but the way i would do it...

    get 4mm drill bit and drill the whole back (removing the thread & screw)... retap the hole.. job done...


    Thats the way i would try it anyway... Dun know if it wold work..

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    ok retapping a hole? explain that one to me please? it will probably end up being drilled out in all probablity..have got dad and boyfriend lined up to look at it this weekend fingers crossed. I'm sure between them (welder/general bodger and electronic/bodger respectively) they might be able to come up with something (knowing my luck the aerial will end up welded to the car!

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    Quote Originally Posted by amyr View Post
    ok retapping a hole? explain that one to me please?
    If you drill the bolt out, then the thread will be damaged. If you drill all the thread out you can cut (technically "tap") a new one in, but it will be (at least) a half size larger.

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    i think they might just do the job, so will call past maplin's on my way home and see if they've got any

    Thanks for all the help guys

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    just buy a new base and ariel. If its like most cars ive seen take the courtesy light out and theres the bolt for the base or at least take it off before you start drillling dont want to slip and scratch the roof really

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    the problem is it's at the back above the boot, so fit a new one will have to strip pretty much the whole of the headlining and trim. have contemplated a glass mount replacement but not sure how good it would be?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew_C View Post
    If you drill the bolt out, then the thread will be damaged. If you drill all the thread out you can cut (technically "tap") a new one in, but it will be (at least) a half size larger.
    Yup you would have to go shopping for a aerial to fit your new hole

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    Quote Originally Posted by mossj View Post
    Yup you would have to go shopping for a aerial to fit your new hole
    ¿Only a new bolt, surely?

    You can join RF cable, so if you do have to replace the aerial completely, no need to change all the cable. You could use a TV aerial plug & socket somewhere in the boot area.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew_C View Post
    ¿Only a new bolt, surely?

    You can join RF cable, so if you do have to replace the aerial completely, no need to change all the cable. You could use a TV aerial plug & socket somewhere in the boot area.

    This is the best idea, with the boot open pull the headling down at the back just enough to undo the bolt which wont be hard, then cut the wire off the aerial as close to the base as possible to give you the most amount of cable. Buy a male and female tv aerial adaptor and attach your new aerial leaving the adaptor in the roof space, Job Done

    Failing that drill a hole in it, bend an old coat hanger into an amusing shape and stick it in the hole!
    Last edited by Chris_in_notts; 24th June 2009 at 03:36 PM.

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