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Old 10-24-2013, 04:23 PM   #1
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Rear tail lights...rusted!

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Still working on renovation. =)

All of my rear tail light screws are so rusted I can't get any of the 16 screws to respond to numerous screwdriver bits. Any suggestions on getting them loose?

Thank you for your time!

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Old 10-24-2013, 04:42 PM   #2
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PB Blaster. Penetrating oil found in any hardware store. Spray and let sit overnight and you should be good in the a.m.
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Old 10-24-2013, 05:52 PM   #3
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If PB Blaster dosent work you will most likely need to drill them out.
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Old 10-24-2013, 06:00 PM   #4
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XX3 on the PB Blaster. Let it sit for a minimum of 12 hours.
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After soaking in penetrating lube, I've had success with on many rusted screws with an impact screwdriver. You hit it with a hammer and it presses the bit into the screw head and twists sharply.

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Old 10-24-2013, 06:56 PM   #6
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Ensure the bit you are using is correct. In th past I owned a motor home that had tail light lenses held in with screws that looked like Philips screws but a Philips bit would not turn them (the MH was two years old and the screws were not rusted). A bit with 2PH SQ designation worked.Home Depot had them. An alternative that will work just as well is a Red Robertson driver.
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Try Kroil. I've had some in stock for years and it's the best penetrating solvent I have ever used. Google it for a supplier. They make both aerosol and liquid. It's used less by the general public and more widely by commercial and industrial firms. And, you won't be waiting hours for it to work. A small amount goes a long way.

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After soaking in penetrating lube, I've had success with on many rusted screws with an impact screwdriver. You hit it with a hammer and it presses the bit into the screw head and twists sharply.

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This is your best bet if you cannot get them out following this advice you will need to get a drill bit and drill the heads off of the screw. After you get the lens off you can usually get the rest of the screw out with a pair of vice grips.

PB blaster is a good penetrating lube. Make sure to spray it on the back of the light assembly if you can get at it. Spraying it on the head probably will not get it to the threads

Impact drivers are what motorcycle mechanics both shade tree and otherwise used to be the tool you used to get screws off of motorcycle engines. They work very well.
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An impact screwdriver is likely to break the lamp lens.
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Try Kroil. I've had some in stock for years and it's the best penetrating solvent I have ever used. Google it for a supplier. They make both aerosol and liquid. It's used less by the general public and more widely by commercial and industrial firms. And, you won't be waiting hours for it to work. A small amount goes a long way. cheers, Joopy
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Once you remove them, most likely they are a small Tek screw. When replacing them use a stainless fastener with anti seize, or a good corrosion resistant protectant. The stock tail light fasteners are not stainless steel, I know I just replaced mine with new ones that had already started to corrode on a new coach.
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Thank you everyone for your time and feedback! I'm heading up to Home Depot shortly so I'll try the PB Blaster first and see where that goes and post results here.
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An impact screwdriver is likely to break the lamp lens.
The good thing about an impact screwdriver as I recommended is you can modulate how hard you hit it. With a power impact wrench you can't. I was aware these are screws through a plastic lens, that's why I didn't recommend my other strategy for rusted fastenings....heat!
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I was in the boat yard business for twenty years. We used Kroil penetrating oil exclusively. Why, it worked!
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