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    I snapped a very tiny screw that attaches the brake line clamp to the fork. The screw is about a millimeter at best, and every tool I've used to get it out hasn't done the job. I have already tied several types of needle nose pliers but nothing seems to even budge the screw. I also don't think a bolt/screw extractor is going to work either because of how tiny the screw is in diameter.

    any suggestions would be greatly appreciated

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    Drill it out.
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    Is the screw sticking out any? Can you cut a slot in it with a dremel and then use a screw driver. Needle nose vice grips. A pic might help.

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    almost impossible. ez outs are not that small. zip tie is the solution or new lowers

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    It's not impossible....with a few tools and a little creativity it'll come out!


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    Quote Originally Posted by dlennard View Post
    Is the screw sticking out any? Can you cut a slot in it with a dremel and then use a screw driver. Needle nose vice grips. A pic might help.
    probably the best answer... dremil/rotary tool with the thin cutting wheels works for me 90% of the time
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    How tight is the screw? If the screw isn't too tight, you may want to try supergluing a tiny allen key to the end of the screw and seeing if you can get it to bond. If it does, it should be easy to rotate it out.

    I've actually welded an allen key to a stripped bolt to remove it before. Since this is so small, welding isn't an option but glue might work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KevinGT;10317808[B
    ]How tight is the screw? If the screw isn't too tight, you may want to try supergluing a tiny allen key to the end of the screw and seeing if you can get it to bond. If it does, it should be easy to rotate it out.[/B]

    I've actually welded an allen key to a stripped bolt to remove it before. Since this is so small, welding isn't an option but glue might work.
    that's a smashing idea!!
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    1mm - .039"

    A picture showing location and protrusion of screw would help tremendously.

    Forgetting about it, and using a zip-tie is always an option.

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    Quote Originally Posted by reptilezs View Post
    almost impossible. ez outs are not that small.
    Sure they are!

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    Quote Originally Posted by KevinGT View Post
    How tight is the screw? If the screw isn't too tight, you may want to try supergluing a tiny allen key to the end of the screw and seeing if you can get it to bond. If it does, it should be easy to rotate it out.
    Superglue won't be strong enough for that.

    How much of the screw is still sticking out?

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    Thank you for all the suggestions thus far. Gluing an allen key on there might be a good way to go, if there was more room I would use a cutting tool to make a slot and remove the broken screw with a flat head.
    here is a picture of what I'm working with.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jballs View Post
    Thank you for all the suggestions thus far. Gluing an allen key on there might be a good way to go, if there was more room I would use a cutting tool to make a slot and remove the broken screw with a flat head.
    here is a picture of what I'm working with.
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    Unless you already have an easy-out, which I'm pretty sure you don't ... Take it to someone (Machine Shop/LBS), throw a few dollars at them, and let them remove it for you.

    Personally, I'd go the the machine shop ... Explain that screwing the fork up is not an option.

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    Center punch it (a nail works fine) and then use a small left hand drill bit on it.

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    I couldn't find a small enough left hand bit at my hardware store. So until I can find the appropriate size Im just going to use zip ties.

    Thanks for the advice.

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