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Removing Chewed screw from Freelander Brake disc

Hi, I am in the process of changing my brake discs, first attempt! I have manged to chew up one of the 2 screws that holds the disc in place, does anyone have any tips on getting this out?

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Just a tip, you can avoid this problem in future, by using an impact driver, not expensive, and sold at most automotive stores, halfords, roadrunner etc. It impacts the stud, and twists at the same time, avoiding shredding the surface. It may still work on your stripped screw, if there is still some grip. It's a common problem on both the discs, and rear hubs on freelanders.

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Penetraring oil (liquid wrench or WD40). If you've stipped the head, try grabbing it with a pair of vice grips to torque it (use plenty of penetrating oil and let it set for a while to lube the threads). Other than this, you'll need a stripped screw extractor (I'm sure you can find one at Sears in the Craftsman section- similar to a Bolt-Out).

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