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Re: Fools rush in .....
I haven't taken apart my hydraulic pump (yet!), but I believe the
Bentley manual recommends grinding the corners off a large slotted
screwdriver bit to fit one side of the X-shaped slot (i.e. / or \, not X)
then using an impact driver with a hammer to loosen the plugs. In case
you're not familiar with an impact driver, it's a metal cylinder, about
6" long and 1" in diameter, that rotates a quarter turn when struck with
a hammer. Very useful - the downward force provided by the hammer can
prevent a lot of stripped screw heads by helping the bits grip the screw
better. Should only cost $10 - $20 at a motorcycle or auto parts shop.