I have a gas grill and planned on replacing the rusted burners. I have 2 of the 4 screws out, the other 2 will not budge. They are machine screw through the aluminum burner into steel. I tried liquid wrench, tapping, heat, grinding the sides of the heads flat to use pliers, and drilling through the center. nothing has worked, they refuse to budge. anyone have any suggestions??


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The screws are likely rusted in place.

Drill the head completely off so you can remove the aluminum parts. Then try the following:

  • generous application of penetrating oil, followed by a 24 hour wait. Put vise grips on the shaft (pliers will not work) and use a hammer on the vise grips. You want a sudden movement here, not a steady turn

  • heat the part and then use the vise grips again. And by "heat" I mean glowing dull-red. Grab it with vise grips while still glowing.

  • the above may simply twist off the shaft, but that's step 3 anyway. Grind it flush with the rest of the metal, heat it up bright red, preferably orange, and let it cool completely. Do NOT quench - heating softens the metal, rapid cooling hardens it. Drill and tap a new hole. If there's too much corrosion in there, drill a bigger hole. If it's really nasty corrosion, go all the way through and use a bolt, and if it's bad enough that the bolt won't work, get a new grill.


I’m working to remove “8-1.0 x 16 Flat Head Screw”. The first thing to note here is this screw description is metric (an Allen, button-head, flat Head screw) so don’t try SAE Allen wrench! When torque, cleaning, “Liquid Wrench” vibrating didn’t break free the screw I decided to try something new- Using a 3/8 inch Cold Chisel I’m able to strike/ score the head of screw without damage the drive-socket. Then slight angle chisel such to cause rotate CCW. Two or so strikes with hammer and the machine screw turned free!

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