Cannot remove stock drive bracket from S3

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  1. mec1991

    mec1991 Cranky old coot

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    This probably only shows how mechanically disinclined I am, but I need some help here. :eek:

    I just got a new drive to replace the stock drive in my Series 3 but for the life of me I cannot get one of the screws out to remove the drive bracket. It turns but seems to turn in free space like it is not actually connected to anything and therefore does not unscrew. I tried lifting it straight out but when I do that there is resistance and it will not come out that way either. The screw involved is the one on the left hand side facing the rear. Any ideas?
     
  2. 1gr8ftoy

    1gr8ftoy New Member

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    Sounds to me like maybe the female threads are free spinning...I would just get a pair of dykes and try to cut the head off the screw myself, 3 will work fine :)
     
  3. au_en_bear

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    See if you can get the tip of a knife or anything thin enough to pry up a bit on the screw head while using a screwdriver to turn it. Somtime's the screw will be stripped but just a little upward pressure will let the threads catch and allow it to rotate out.
     
  4. mec1991

    mec1991 Cranky old coot

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    You won't believe some of the hits you get when you Google "pair of dykes". :D

    I just always called them "funny looking pliers". :)

    That may be just what I need; thanks for the input.
     
  5. mec1991

    mec1991 Cranky old coot

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    Thanks; I'll give that a try before putting those dykes to work. :)
     
  6. orangeboy

    orangeboy yes, I AM orangeboy!

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    I've also heard of the tool being called "sidecuts". ;)
     
  7. mec1991

    mec1991 Cranky old coot

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    Now, now... ;)
     
  8. lrhorer

    lrhorer Active Member

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    Actually, it's "dikes", not "dykes". It's short for "diagonal cutters".
     
  9. unitron

    unitron Well-Known Member

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    They should have been called "sidecutters".
     
  10. synch22

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    i remember this hassle, i think there are only 2 screws holding in my new drive. Good luck.
     
  11. orangeboy

    orangeboy yes, I AM orangeboy!

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    You'll have to tell that to who I heard it from!
     
  12. mec1991

    mec1991 Cranky old coot

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    Worked perfectly, thanks!:)
     

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