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Blower screws stripped **help!!

[B][Hello folks, I ordered a new AC/HEATER blower..only 3-4 screws hold it in . 1998 KIA SPORTAGE automatic. Goes under passenger glove box. I am not blowing ANY air in all 4 speeds and getting 12 volts to the motor.
I went to take the screws out..they are covered with rust and the phillips stripped them..anyone have trouble with this??? they must be brass?
What a royal pain..you cant even get vise grips on them
PLEASE HELP
I don't want to break the housing
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You might want to buy a set of those bits designed to grip stripped phillip head screws. They bite in pretty good.

Worse case, you buy a small easy-out. Drill the center of the busted screws, insert the easy-out and unscrew as normal. Just make sure you do it by hand and not with a drill or power screw driver.
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Greetings hookie,

If you can fit it in there, a Dremel tool w/ a cutting wheel, slice a notch across one of the flats in the screw head(s) & use a flat-blade screwdriver to turn them out. Some PB Blaster to soak around the screw heads before removal probably wouldn't hurt either.

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Another trick I use is gripping it with side cutters vertical to the screw, so that it makes lengthwise grooves on the side of the head, and then twist while pinching it real tight.
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thank you I finally got two screws out with small vice grips..do you happen to know exactly what SIZE these are? are they phillips? mine are so rusted I cant tell..look like phillip screws, but not sure what size bit to use to remove ??
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thank u so much
do u happen to know are these phillips screws or posi?
also, what size bit to use if phillips? I have one good screw in back to take off blower motor, but looks like you need a right angle or short screwdriver to remove.. The computer is in the way.. I can't put regular length screwdriver to fit back there..thats the last (3rd screw)screw and looks like its not rusted or stripped yet!!! Hard to see what kind of screwdriver to use. Obviously, I used the wrong size screwdriver tip to remove. Do u know what size to use? THANK
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Not sure if we are talking about the same fan assembly or not. The attached photo is the blower motor directly under the glove box. The larger screw uses a #2 Phillips head and the smaller screw on the motor housing uses a #1 phillips. As far as replacing the screws, take the ones you got out to the hardware store and match the threads up. I have run into problems on my Sportage with the smaller screws. Most are straight up metric 4mm and 5mm, but a few were #8 and #6 . Best to take the old one with you and match it up directly with the new one.
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thank you READO
I don't believe I have smaller screws ..only 3 the same size
yes, its the AC FAN BLOWER MOTOR
perfect pic u have
the rear screw is a bear to get it..computer in the way
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I ordered a whole new blower
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Thanks Gotta ..got the blower screws out..your tip helped a lot..now the new blower only works on HIGH SPEED..maybe the resistor went bad, too? the old blower was spent..wouldn't even move
at least the new blower is in.
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Thanks Ron
got the AC/heater blower (old) screws out. Thank God.
new A/C blower in, but now the new blower only works on #4 high speed..
maybe bad resistor?
Do u know if they go bad when the old motor jams and was stuck?
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