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90 Reatta air filter box

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loupet    20
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Hello everyone, hope all is good out there. I'm trying to change the air filter but, the 2 phillips screws on top of the box are rusted. 1 is stripped and the other I can't turn to remove the top of the box. I soaked them both with WD40 and, no luck. Is there another way to remove the top or, the box itself?   Thanks

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Barney Eaton    521

Buy a left hand drill....about 3/16 inch and if you are lucky, it will bite and unscrew the screw...the screw is bad anyway and will need replacing.

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89RedDarkGrey    271

It's a good idea that when you're done with filter change, and lid & screwed down- pack a blob of grease in each screw hole to keep them from rusting again.

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loupet    20

Thanks to you all for your remedies. I drilled out the rusted screws and changed the filter. 

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Barney Eaton    521

They will not be stock but that may be a great place for stainless screws....if we get the size, someone could buy 50-100 and sell them.

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89RedDarkGrey    271

I just lube the threaded hole (nutsert) where they go, then pack a blob of grease on top of the screw head, down in the hole.

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AZVET    4

Move to Arizona where we don't have no stinking rust!  But seriously, there are several You Tube videos on this problem.  The one I like best is to use a Dremel with a small cutoff blade and saw a slot into the screw head so you can then use a flat blade screwdriver.

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