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grill screws: can't remove

Kenmore Elite gas grill model 41516237.

Carryover tubes are rust and broken. Ordered replacements. All screws have deteriorated so screwdriver can't work. Vise grip slipped off. What can I do so I don't damage the burner tubes?

Also the same thing has happened to some of the screws that hold the back of the burner tubes to the grill; and on some of the screws the head has broken off so there is only a piece of the threaded screw left in there. How should these be removed and what type of screw is it so I can buy replacements at the hardware store.

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Mark T
Armin,






Thank you for posting how you repaired the grill. Webber makes a very nice grill but cost more than most other grills. I currently have a four year old Webber that I replaced the burners in this year. This is about the same life I got out of the Kenmore I had previously. I will agree that grills in general do not last like they used to. The reason is cost. Most consumers will buy based on price. If manufactures built a grill to last longer they would not sell many because of the price. This is true for most all products sold today.






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by Mark T Earned 1,607 community points in Appliances
July 26th, 2012
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The comments that Mark T made probably would work. But being impatient, I couldn't wait three days and took it on with a vise grip, which worked. It took some patience but wasn't that bad. Since I had it apart, I scraped out as much of the grease as I could. Then, I used one of the foaming grill cleaners and left it on overnight, hosed it off the next day and it looked pretty good. I used the cleaner on the grates and the triangular shaped bars that go over the burners. I didn't pay attention how the carryover tubes were in before and posted a question on that issue separately(with pictures). I also didn't have the patience for the time it took Sears to answer, so I ended up putting them in backwards and it still worked. But I will change it back. It has been functioning fine. So, it is repairable, but what a job. Interestingly, as soon as I had it back together, it didn't work. It turned out the regulator was malfunctioning. I can't say exactly how long the regulator on my old Weber lasted as I sliced the hose somehow and had to replace it.
As we both noted, the old Webers we have stood up to the test of time. I was wrong they do have a carryover type of tube. But despite mine being 20 years old they and the burner tubes are still fine. Another nice thing about Weber and just about every other corporation in the world, if you have a question, there is a toll free number that you call and get immediate answers to your questions. With Sears it is impossible to do this. Until this site was available, the only option was scheduling someone to come out to your house on a service call and of course be charged for it. With the economy what it is I don't expect this to change soon.
My Weber has always stayed outside during winters, as I grill then too. (I just pull it up to the door on the deck). I tried this with the Kenmore and the plastic knobs all cracked, sort of what happens to things soaked in liquid nitrogen. Good luck I am confident you can get the grill going
by Manage My Life
July 26th, 2012
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I have the same exact Kenmore and the inside has rusted out almost completely. Shameful quality for any grill, let alone an expensive one. Very frustrated. Will never buy Kenmore again and tell anyone looking to buy a Weber. My parents' 15 year old grill looks and works almost as new and that's having endured New England weather extremes.

Armin, please let me know how you made out. I received my replacement carryover tubes and will be tackling this task soon.
by Manage My Life
July 19th, 2012
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Mark T
Thank you for posting your question.

I am sorry you are having a problem with the screws in the grill. This is common for grills because of the heating and cooling it goes through. When I run cross this, I use a small hand held grinder to cut a slot in the head of the screw. Then use a straight blade screwdriver to remove the screw. If the screws do not come out you will have to drill the old screw out with a bit close to the same size. Then pick up new screws at the hardware store.



I hope this is helpful. Please let me know if you need further assistance.

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by Mark T Earned 1,607 community points in Appliances
May 16th, 2012
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Thanks Barbara H. They were helpful sites. I agree with comments about Kenmore building what is more like a disposable grill.The Kenmore is 3 years old. For comparison, I own a smaller Weber gas grill that is 20 years old. It has no parts like the carryover tubes that could rust or keep it from working. It has always worked well. Only things that were expected to wear out did. The kenmore is very disappointing. I got it as it was rated number one in Consumer Reports, which I no longer use due to poor recommendations.
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May 13th, 2012
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Gas grills endure weather that is bound to cause rust even when protected. The expert will review this model and situation to respond. I did locate a similar question that may provide some ideas while you wait. I attached the link below. I hope this helps get the grill going again.
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May 13th, 2012
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