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HE3T washer screw at base front side

Star shape, my allen wrenches do not really work. Where do you get the tool to get these screws out? Michelle

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This is known as a Torx fastener.
They come in many sizes like allen screws.

There are even security fasteners with a pin in the centre.

Most mechanics centres and online tool suppliers stock them.
Snall sizes can also be supplied as hexagon bits for replacable-tip screwdrivers. Larger sizes available in 1/4" & 3/8" socket drive.

Look for the word Torx.

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