How to remove striped bolts on inline skates

How to remove striped bolts on inline skates

Even the best skaters can occasionally run into problems with damaged screwheads. Whether you're trying to replace a worn-out wheel or make a simple adjustment, a damaged screwhead can be a frustrating roadblock. Here's how to tackle this problem and get your skates back on the road.

Check your tool.
The first step in unscrewing a damaged screwhead is to make sure you have a good tool. Small, asymmetrical tools are often not up to the task, so look for a larger, symmetrical tool with a T-shaped handle. This will give you more leverage and a better grip on the screw.

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Use a table or bench.
If you have a good tool and the bolt is still in good condition, but you're having trouble generating enough force to loosen it, try using a table or bench to double your leverage. Place the tool on the table or bench and rotate the skate instead of the tool to loosen the bolt.

Fill in the wear.
If the bolt is worn down and a good tool isn't enough to loosen it, try filling in the wear with some tape or a rubber band. This can help the tool grip the bolt more securely and make it easier to turn.

Drill off the head.
If none of the above techniques work, your last resort may be to drill off the head of the bolt. Use a 7mm drill for best results, and be sure to use a good quality, sharp steel drill to avoid damaging the skate.

Use a grabit tool.
If the bolt is too damaged to be drilled off, or if you don't have a drill available, you can try using a grabit tool. These specialized tools have two sides - one for drilling out the bolt, and the other for grabbing and pulling it out.

Replace the bolts.
If you've had to resort to drilling off the head of a bolt, or if the bolt is otherwise too damaged to reuse, you'll need to replace it.

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Prevent future problems.
To avoid running into this problem in the future, make sure to replace your tools and bolts as needed, and be gentle when tightening or loosening bolts on your skates. A little bit of care can go a long way in keeping your skates in top condition.
High quality bolts and tools help you to not make the same mistake again. Good luck!

The biggest advice is to tighten everything on your skates as soon as they start making noices. The sound a skate makes should be a damp, low solid sound. If it makes a ticking, clapping sound, then it is time to give it a service.

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