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Any ideas on removing this screw?

Old's Cool tried to help me out with removing this pesky bolt (thank you for the help!) but to no avail... This screw is for the compartment in the fender liner to replace the turn signal bulb. My assumption is that someone at the dealership that I used to take the car to somehow managed to deform the teeth to where instead of a phillips, it's just a circle (see picture attached.) I tried pulling/twisting it off but, no dice. Plus, pulling it felt like I was pulling the fender liner along with the screw. I would like to keep the screw intact to reuse but, if worse comes to worse, I could buy another one. Any ideas/suggestions?


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OK then try this. You might actually have to buy something!

Next thing I would do would be to get something like this



Hook it under either the screw head or the 'bulge' below it and try turning it with a straight screwdriver.

If you were out here I'd get the damm thing out!


Can you get a better picture so I can see how much room you have?

One of these might work better



Wedge it under the clip, right up against the panel so you can try to get it on the threads and then turn it out.

Failing that, you may just have to drill it out...

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It's just a plastic screw rivet which are pretty cheap to get anywhere. Just take a pair of straight cut pliers, razor or something and cut the head off and put a new one in.
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That's not really a screw, it's a pop-out fastener. If you treat it like a screw and apply pressure while trying to unscrew it with a screwdriver, the result is what you have now.
The proper way to release it is by turning it GENTLY with a small screwdriver without applying any pressure. The center part will then pop out and you can remove the fastener. This may still be possible if you have a small flat-blade screwdriver that fits snugly in the now-rounded head and can grab it so it turns. These are generally considered single-use fasteners, for obvious reasons. Most parts stores have these.
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That's not really a screw, it's a pop-out fastener. If you treat it like a screw and apply pressure while trying to unscrew it with a screwdriver, the result is what you have now.
The proper way to release it is by turning it GENTLY with a small screwdriver without applying any pressure. The center part will then pop out and you can remove the fastener. This may still be possible if you have a small flat-blade screwdriver that fits snugly in the now-rounded head and can grab it so it turns. These are generally considered single-use fasteners, for obvious reasons. Most parts stores have these.
Indeed...applying pressure defeats the purpose.

But these things are dastardly. They hold in my grille and even putting no pressure on the screw they don't want to back out. Luckily mine are where I can get a fingernail or a tool under them and put enough pressure to back the screw out. I haven't had to snap one off yet...yet...

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Cut it off with a razor blade or take a grinder to the head.

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Putty knife with very sharp edge,, 1 firm whack with hammer will cut top off.. replacements is like $0.48 at Hyundai-Kia dealer,, but that same retainer used by lots of car makers

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OK, Aye...you got some good suggestions here...get cracking!

Haven't you been arrested yet? In Mass they would have impounded the thing by now! (j/k...but you'd have a pile of tickets for "Faulty Equipment")

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Put a small flathead under the rim to pry it up slightly while you unscrew it with a philips.
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First, hold the outer rim from turning with needle-nose pliers.

Turn the interior gently with the Philips head screwdriver.

Once you've formed a slight separation between the inner "screw" and outer surrounding ring that you're holding from turning, put a standard blade between the "screw" head and outer ring and continue to turn with the Philips while prying outward. Easy.

I have to deal with those when ripping my trunk apart messing with my audio/lighting setups. Once you have the technique, it takes a matter of seconds.

tl;dr - turn lightly until you get a gap, then pry apart while turning

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