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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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Take a dremmel to it. Cut a slot in the head of the screw and use a flathead screwdriver.
A lighter will not do anything. Needs to be a torch, if you go with that method.
 
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