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Special 6 sided star type tool socket
« on: March 15, 2013, 03:01:08 pm »
What are they called and where would I find them?

OK I am to the point of replacing ignation switch in 02 sunfire and ran into a stumbling block. The 02 bottom panel bolts cant be flipped over to use (like in a video of a 96 model) to remove the very tiny 6 star shaped 2 bolts holding the ign switch on.

What size is these special little 6 sided star type bolt heads and tool needed? It would be a female tool to remove. Nothing I have comes close.

I had a 4mm regular socket (just to try and gauge size)  and it even fits over the 6 sided star. So it is tiny tiny tiny.  :'(
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Re: Special 6 sided star type tool socket
« Reply #1 on: March 15, 2013, 03:08:20 pm »
A very teeny tiny version of this.
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Re: Special 6 sided star type tool socket
« Reply #2 on: March 15, 2013, 03:09:15 pm »
Guessing called torx but it is the opposite of every torx tool and socket I have. hmmmmm
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Re: Special 6 sided star type tool socket
« Reply #4 on: March 15, 2013, 06:21:12 pm »
E4 star socket. Took 4 different places but found it. Like inverted torx star.
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Re: Special 6 sided star type tool socket
« Reply #5 on: March 15, 2013, 07:44:50 pm »
Little bit of shine and some beer and I will calm down in a bit.  ???

 Now I know why I like working on saws.   :o ::) :-X :-\ ;D
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Re: Special 6 sided star type tool socket
« Reply #6 on: March 15, 2013, 08:20:12 pm »
They are a type of "tamper proof " fastener .McMaster Carr probabley has them .

I have a set of tamper proof tools  at work we use to work on safety lock out machine gates that contains a few plus about 25-30 other popular sizes .Made by Wiha of Germany.

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Re: Special 6 sided star type tool socket
« Reply #7 on: March 16, 2013, 05:37:45 am »
If you have a spare just heat a piece of metal tubing with an oxy torch and hammer it over the head and presto instant socket,,, I have done this with a number of odd shaped fasteners then you have   a home made tube spanner they don't always last but usually get the job done,,, possibly same result could be had by hammering the right size torx bit into the heated tube just something that works for me

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Re: Special 6 sided star type tool socket
« Reply #8 on: March 16, 2013, 07:18:55 pm »
I checked it out at work but I won't post anything through the companys' internet system .They call that thing an inverted torx .You can get a cheap set through flea bay for under 20 bucks or pay 150 plus for a Snap-On or Mac set .

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Re: Special 6 sided star type tool socket
« Reply #9 on: March 17, 2013, 12:29:35 am »
napa has a small set on a rail 6-7 bucks

 

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