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Old 07-25-2016, 06:32 AM
make_trucks_great_again make_trucks_great_again is offline
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Question How to Remove Door Scuff with Rusty Screws?

Hey, guys! I'm completely new to this forum and the Ford Ranger (2003 Edge). This is actually my very first vehicle and do not regret my purchase. With that said, as the title states, I want to remove this door scuff on the driver side of my cab, because it was damaged when I purchased it and requires replacement as a result. However, the screws that continue to hold this door scuff together are rusted to the point where the screw heads are unable to be turned by a screwdriver. Unfortunately, I live in Massachusetts, so you already know the deal. Would anyone have any idea on how to forcefully remove this defective door scuff without causing further damage to the cab?

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Thank you in advance, everyone!
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Old 07-25-2016, 08:19 AM
ChasVS ChasVS is offline
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Default Re: How to Remove Door Scuff with Rusty Screws?

Try a stripped Screw Remover Bit and see if you can back it out. https://www.zoro.com/vermont-america...MDsg&gclsrc=ds

Otherwise you're looking at having to drill that out.
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Old 07-25-2016, 09:47 AM
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Try a stripped Screw Remover Bit and see if you can back it out. https://www.zoro.com/vermont-america...MDsg&gclsrc=ds Otherwise you're looking at having to drill that out.
if you can get a screw out on the opposite side of your truck, I'd measure the width of the screw (not the head of the screw) and find a drill bit around that size, if not exactly that size. That way you don't chance damaging the hole.
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Old 07-25-2016, 10:14 AM
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Default Re: How to Remove Door Scuff with Rusty Screws?

Yeah, I already know the deal. This has got to be one of the dumbest places to put Phillips head screws. They should used the same kind of scuff plate that they used on the 4-door extended cab.
I've learned over the years that once those screws strip out the best way to remove the whole strip is to place a claw hammer under the plastic part and the screw and pry the whole thing up. This will also keep you from tearing the scuff plate up most of the time if it isn't already cracked.

Good Luck
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Old 07-25-2016, 08:40 PM
make_trucks_great_again make_trucks_great_again is offline
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Default Re: How to Remove Door Scuff with Rusty Screws?

Thank you for the recommendations, guys. I actually just discovered that applying WD-40 to the corroded screw heads might be able to loosen them and allow me to hammer them out completely. Here's some links as references:

http://homeguides.sfgate.com/remove-...ews-26999.html
http://autorepair.about.com/od/tools...bolt-artcl.htm

I'll try that before I consider drilling.

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Old 07-25-2016, 08:41 PM
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Default Re: How to Remove Door Scuff with Rusty Screws?

Where did you hear that?
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Old 07-25-2016, 08:45 PM
make_trucks_great_again make_trucks_great_again is offline
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Default Re: How to Remove Door Scuff with Rusty Screws?

Just updated my post, but here are the links for convenience:

http://homeguides.sfgate.com/remove-...ews-26999.html (The first recommendation)
http://autorepair.about.com/od/tools...bolt-artcl.htm
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Old 07-25-2016, 09:07 PM
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Default Re: How to Remove Door Scuff with Rusty Screws?

Ok I get it now.

Don't hammer them completely out. Gently hammer them, to work the pb blaster in and break the rusty seal. Be patient. Then they should unscrew
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Old 07-26-2016, 02:04 AM
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Default Re: How to Remove Door Scuff with Rusty Screws?

On mine I felt along the bottom under the truck and found the screw threads,doused them down with WD40 and they came right out.Give the screw driver a tap with a hammer, that also help break them loose after the WD40 soaks for awhile.
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Old 07-26-2016, 03:18 PM
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Default Re: How to Remove Door Scuff with Rusty Screws?

More importantly, where does one get a replacement? Both of mine are cracked in the same spot, as are all the ones I see in the Junkyard.

Or has someone come up with a DIY or aftermarket alternative to these pieces of junk?
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Old 07-26-2016, 05:24 PM
Bob C. of Indiana Bob C. of Indiana is offline
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Default Re: How to Remove Door Scuff with Rusty Screws?

I bought a pair from the local dealer.
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Old 07-27-2016, 08:16 PM
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Default Re: How to Remove Door Scuff with Rusty Screws?

If you have the regular, 2-door cab like me, this is likely to be the part you need: https://www.amazon.com/Ford-F57Z-101.../dp/B000O09H5U

In case that link expires, the part number is F57Z-1013208-A.

And for other parts, definitely check out http://www.fordparts.com. From there, enter your VIN, search for the part number of the part you're trying to replace, and find the exact part on Amazon or eBay. That site also sells individual parts.

That's at least the case for the United States. I'm unaware of the Canadian equivalent of the VIN system we have here.

But anywho, I managed to get all screws out! Applied "Specialist Rust Release Penetrant" WD-40 to the screw heads and let it soak through and loosen the screws overnight, pried what remained of the door scuff with a claw hammer, then used an adjustable wrench to unscrew the screws and the pieces of the door scuff surrounding them. A drill was never required. Hope this helps someone out there! Thanks for the help, guys.

Now, to find right-size stainless steel screws that will survive Massachusetts winters...

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Old 09-12-2018, 01:33 PM
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Default Re: How to Remove Door Scuff with Rusty Screws?

Got a link to the right screws? I don't necessarily need Stainless. Just having a tough time finding OEM replacement screws for this beast. All mine are rusted.
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Old 09-13-2018, 02:28 AM
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Default Re: How to Remove Door Scuff with Rusty Screws?

I bought mine at the dealer same time I bought the sill pieces.Probably find part numbers at fordparts.com
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Old 09-15-2018, 01:23 PM
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Default Re: How to Remove Door Scuff with Rusty Screws?

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Got a link to the right screws? I don't necessarily need Stainless. Just having a tough time finding OEM replacement screws for this beast. All mine are rusted.

It's a door scuff plate, go to ace hardware and buy some screws.
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