A few screws under the hood of my car need replacing. What's the best way to get replacements?
August 12, 2012 12:01 PM Subscribe
The head of a screw under the hood of my car (in this instance, it's the one that attaches the mass airflow sensor to something) is stripped. It's a screw with hexagonal head which can fit a standard phillips head screwdriver.
I'm going to get it out, but when I replace the sensor I can't put it back with the stripped screw, I'll need a new one. Is there some standard way to replace these screws with similar ones without going to the manufacturer of my car?
posted by Feel the beat of the rhythm of the night to travel & transportation (14 answers total)
I see a few random assortments on Amazon, but in my searching I saw some people in car forums say that the screws in these are predominantly for wood, and for cars you want a "grade 5" screw or better.
How do people (like say, at your local mechanic shop) replace these screws? Do you just measure it and then go looking for something similar at Home Depot or a car parts place?
Are car screws called a specific thing? Are they kind of sort of standardized? Sit back, relax, and tell me everything you know about car screws.
Apologies in advance for asking the most boring question ever.