CV boot replacement: stripped inner cv joint bolts

Michael Sylvester mike.sylvester at
Sun Oct 27 23:26:04 EST 2002

Those are not torx bolts, they are what is called a triple square.
I assume that you are using the correct tool and are just confused on the
If you are actually using a torx, then that may be the problem.

If it is truly stripped, then you'll need to be creative.
Find something that that is close to fitting into the hole and hammer it in,
e.g. a large torx bit that is too big.

Mike Sylvester

----- Original Message -----
From: "Ed Kellock" <ekellock at>
To: <quattro at>; <v8 at>; <200q20v at>
Sent: Sunday, October 27, 2002 10:16 PM
Subject: CV boot replacement: stripped inner cv joint bolts

> Set out to replace the driver's side outer CV boot on my 89 200q today...
> Three of the six Torx head bolts that attach the inner CV joint to the
> transimission are stripped.  The Torx heads are stripped.  Seems the axle
> has been removed in the past and new bolts were not used and the Torx was
> already compromised.  Joy.
> Aside from any ugly approach like saws, drills, or vise grips, does
> anyone have any clever ideas?
> Ed
> Colorado Springs
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