How to Remove Stripped Hex Head Bolts

a pile of various bolts
  • 1-3 hours
  • Intermediate
  • 75-125
What You'll Need
Screw extractor
Drill bits
Wrench kit
Working gloves
Protective eyeglasses

Stripped hex head bolts are usually found on heavy-duty fasteners on your car or motorcycle. This type of screw does not have groves where you can fit a screwdriver and if the bolt is stripped, you may find is difficult to use wrench to get the bolts out. The task of removing the stripped hex head bolts may be daunting but with the use of the right tools and techniques, you will be able to get these stubborn bolts out.

Step 1 – Apply Lubricant on the Bolts

You need to apply ample amount of lubricant on the bolts to help loosen them up.

Step 2 – Use the Screw Extractor

If the bolts are loose enough and there is ample space on the head of the bolt for the screw extractor to latch on to, you may be able to get them out using a screw extractor only. However, if the bolts are stuck in place, you may need to drill them out.

Step 3 – Drill Out the Bolts

Drill a hole in the center of the bolt head then remove the drill bit. After removing the drill, put the tip of the screw extractor in the hole you drilled in the bolt head. Once the extractor is in place, turn the extractor counterclockwise to free the bolt.