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Stripped Deck Rail Screw Hole

Discussion in '2.5 Gen Tundras (2014-2021)' started by Ronel2020, Nov 3, 2019.

  1. Nov 3, 2019 at 5:14 AM
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    Ronel2020

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    I tried to remove my deck rails to install a tonneau cover and found a stripped torx head bolt (likely from whomever installed the bed liner). I was able to drill out the bolt, but it seems as though some of threads of the original bolt remain since I can’t install a new screw (same size bolt as the original). The threads of the new bolts get stripped when I try to screw in the new bolt. How to I retap this bolt hole so that it is functional again? Thanks!
     
  2. Nov 3, 2019 at 5:46 AM
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    I'd get a wire bore brush and try to get the threads clean from the old bolt. Then try to cut what's left out with a tap.
     
  4. Nov 3, 2019 at 4:00 PM
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    Thanks will try these and let you know what works. Appreciate the tips!
     
  5. Nov 3, 2019 at 5:16 PM
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    I'd not worry much if it's in the middle. Skip it unless you're anal like me
     
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  6. Nov 3, 2019 at 9:11 PM
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    If you’ve drilled through the old bolt and just the threads remain, you should be able to chase the remaining metal out with a tap. If this fails, you can just tap the hole for the next size up, and buy the slightly larger bolt you need.
     
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