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Hey guys, I recently just bought a 2006 Acura TSX. It’s a really good looking car! When I bought it, both power locks in the front didn’t work, and from research I believe that the actuators needed to be replaced.

I thought this would be a fun little project to do, so I searched up tutorials and got all the tools and ready to work on the car.

Removing the door panel was a piece of cake, but I got stuck on removing the 3 countersunk screws on the side of the door panel.

Here are the process I went through attempting to unscrew those screws.

  • First, I used a regular Ryobi beginner drill with #1 size Phillips, it didn’t work so I searched and found that I needed an impact driver which I got from Home Depot.
  • I got a RIGID’s 12v impact driver paired with #3 size Phillips, I was able to unscrew two of the screws. The last one seemed to be stripped badly from the previous drill.
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  • Weirdly enough, the same impact driver and Phillips couldn’t unscrew any screws from the passenger side.
  • Then I tried to do it by hand for all four screws with these tools, which ended up slipping.
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  • Lastly I saw a video on switching the battery could affect the performance. So I tried that I put on a 4.0 ah battery, which were able to unscrew one screw from the passenger side.
  • I bought this kit which I’m going to try tomorrow.
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At this point, I believe I stripped 3 screws in total.

So my question is how could I remove the stripped screws? Is the screw size actually #3 Phillips? Where can I buy replacement screws (looked through oreily’s and autozone with no luck)?

Thanks for reading this post. I’m looking forward to your help.
 

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It's been a long time since I encountered the same issue but I believe the screws are #3 phillips and the speed out kit worked for me when I had to remove the screws I stripped.
 

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Hey guys, I recently just bought a 2006 Acura TSX. It’s a really good looking car! When I bought it, both power locks in the front didn’t work, and from research I believe that the actuators needed to be replaced.

I thought this would be a fun little project to do, so I searched up tutorials and got all the tools and ready to work on the car.

Removing the door panel was a piece of cake, but I got stuck on removing the 3 countersunk screws on the side of the door panel.

Here are the process I went through attempting to unscrew those screws.

  • First, I used a regular Ryobi beginner drill with #1 size Phillips, it didn’t work so I searched and found that I needed an impact driver which I got from Home Depot.
  • I got a RIGID’s 12v impact driver paired with #3 size Phillips, I was able to unscrew two of the screws. The last one seemed to be stripped badly from the previous drill.
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  • Weirdly enough, the same impact driver and Phillips couldn’t unscrew any screws from the passenger side.
  • Then I tried to do it by hand for all four screws with these tools, which ended up slipping. View attachment 46503
  • Lastly I saw a video on switching the battery could affect the performance. So I tried that I put on a 4.0 ah battery, which were able to unscrew one screw from the passenger side.
  • I bought this kit which I’m going to try tomorrow. View attachment 46506
At this point, I believe I stripped 3 screws in total.

So my question is how could I remove the stripped screws? Is the screw size actually #3 Phillips? Where can I buy replacement screws (looked through oreily’s and autozone with no luck)?

Thanks for reading this post. I’m looking forward to your help.
It's been a long time since I encountered the same issue but I believe the screws are #3 phillips and the speed out kit worked for me when I had to remove the screws I stripped.
Tried out the speed out kit today, used #2 and #3 ended up stripping the screw even more.
 

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I remember I had that issue once. Hopefully it’s not to late but what I ended up doing is using a torch to heat up the screw. Put the heat right at the screw only. Take the torch off after a couple seconds and spray some screw penetrating oil on the side of the screw. After doing that a couple times to make sure the oil gets in between the threads it came off pretty easy. Hope this helps.
 

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Thank you for your response. Are you talking about a blowtorch or lighters would work?
 

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FYI for future readers--these are not Phillips-head screws. You need to use JIS spec cross-head bits. They look similar to Phillips but are cut differently, and will stay put. On these screw heads, I would suggest an impact bit in a ratchet, so you can push down while turning. I've had to fight with door actuators on other Hondas. Prior to knowing these were JIS bits, I had to buy a small carbide bit for my Dremel to remove the screw heads.
 

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A manual impact screwdriver was what should have been used. The kind you hit with a hammer, not the kind with a battery. The impact screwdriver is also a necessity when changing any Honda brake rotor. They're cheap, and come in handy. A necessary tool for anyone doing their own maintenance.
 

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I found that the door metal was too thin for a hammer impact driver--it started pushing in the metal around the entire actuator. Aside from that, all the impact drivers I've found use Phillips bits and not JIS bits (the Phillips bits will just strip out the cross in the top of the screw). It actually would be nice if someone could find a hammer impact set that uses JIS bits--I'd buy it for other uses.
 

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Couldn't one just buy the bits and use them in the impact? Sucks the sheet metal is so thin. I can't remember what the exact area looks like, maybe there's a way to get a wood block behind it for reinforcement? I guess I got lucky when I had to do my lock actuators, didn't have this problem.
 

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I stripped out the same same screwsa few years back. I beieve that I used a cobalt drill bit, slightly thcker than the screw's body (shaft), to drill off the head. I ended up going to a fastener shop and buying simlar screws with standard heads instead of using oem screws.
 
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