I just tried to replace my 2010 Legacy's stereo today and found out that there is some weird bolts (refer to attached image) holding the stereo brackets. I can not get that bolt out. Its got a head that I have never seen before. Can anybody tell me a tool to remove this?

UPDATE: Could not find any matching tool to take it out properly. Had to cut the bolt head with a rotary tool.

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If you are talking about this:

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It appears to be a captured bolt ... you won't get the bolt itself out by itself. Look on the back side for a nut to take off, then the whole thing should come out. The hole just below it and the thing protruding through it appear to be an alignment nib.

  • aka captive nut
    – Zaid
    Dec 6, 2015 at 12:38
  • @Zaid - No, I'm the captive nut ... belong in the loony bin I tell yah :D Dec 6, 2015 at 12:41
  • @Paulster2 - There is no nut on the back side. It's just the screw. Looks like I'm gonna have to cut this head to take it off. Dec 6, 2015 at 21:41
  • @VajiraLasantha - Does it just screw into the polymer mount? Stereos usually aren't this hard to take out. Do you have a new bracket to put your new stereo into? Dec 6, 2015 at 22:41
  • @Paulster2 - I think it has a captive nut similar to this. uk.farnell.com/productimages/standard/en_GB/42251467.jpg I need to use this same bracket to put new stereo in. Dec 6, 2015 at 23:29

Got the damn thing out finally. Had to use a rotary tool to cut the head.

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