Thanks for the replies. What was needed was a T-47 "star socket," I think
3/8 is the right size.
The Chilton Manual I was borrowing said I needed "Tork Park Number
xxx-xxx-xxxxxx-xxxxxx" or something like that. I'm like--wouldn't T-47 Star
Socket make the point?
The other thing, too--pardon me for sounding like the rank weekend warrior I
admit to being, but why in the world can't they decide ONE single type of
screw--be it bolt, single-slot screw, philips-head screw, allen,
star-socket--whatever--and have every single last thing in the world be
assembled with that one type and absolutely NOTHING else at all? Why all the
types? It clearly isn't necessary.
Sure, the different SIZES are; after all, you're talking about applications
that could range from eyeglasses to bridges, obviously you're going to have
a huge running of the gamut with sizes, makes sense. But with all these
different TYPES, I'm thinking--standardize already. For crying out loud, you
have to own like $1000 worth of tools to work on anything, and that is just
On the other hand, my computer basically only needs 2-philips head
screwdrivers in TOTAL for everything. I can use my Philips head screwdriver
and ratchet set and work on 99 1/2% of everything around my house--including
all the furniture & any appliances. Why do cars have to have such a HUGE
running of the gamut? It just makes no sense to me.
Frankly, their ought to be a law mandating that car makers can use only ONE
type, total, for everything right down to the sun visors and the engine
bolts. You are allowed to use EITHER a bolt, an allen, a star socket, a
slotted screw, or a Phililps head screw for every last
thing--size-variations obviously would be allowed (no way the same screw
that holds up the sun visor could be the same one that holds the engine in
place), but as for types--it would be forbidden BY LAW to have ANY and I
mean ANY variations in "type" of screws. No variations allowed, none,
whatsoever. Period. That way, a car owner could simply own the various sizes
of ONE TYPE and fix every last thing on his/her car.