[200q20v] power steering hose

Phil Rose pjrose at frontiernet.net
Wed Oct 25 12:34:38 EDT 2000

>Phil:  Haven't even taken a look at where the particular bolt is located (my
>two car garage is a no-car garage, as it is full of stuff and woodworking
>equipment at present)...
>but this might be a good time to create a custom tool.
>Can you get a box-end wrench head on the bolt?  If so, perhaps you could buy
>another wrench; cut off the other end so you could slip a length of pipe over
>it for leverage, and heat it with a torch to bend it to a more usable angle?
>Probably about $6 cost; and you'd be able to sell the tool for that to the
>next guy who needs it.
>If not, how about welding a custom-bent cheater bar to fit in a socket?

It's very difficult to see in there without removing the
reservoir--virtually impossible to reach that banjobolt without doing that.
Just in front of *the* bolt in question there is a return-line banjobolt,
which is *much* more accessible.

I spent last night perusing the JC Whitney catalog to refresh my memory
about special-purpose wrenches. They show a bunch of sharply curved
(bow-shaped) wrenches (page 191) called "obstruction wrenches".  I think
Sears carries some of these. To my eye, it looks as though this kind of
wrench could permit engaging the bolthead at the necessary (high) angle of
approach needed to clear the rack plumbing, while having its handle curve
_downward_ so as to be well below the brakeline obstruction (a line that
manages to run exactly at the angle made by a normal open-end wrench

A related approach would be to use a crowsfoot wrench on a 3/8" sq drive
ratchet handle. The crowsfoot can be angled to the handle similar to the
effect of the curved "obstruction wrench". This approach might also offer
possibility to use a cheater bar on the drive handle.

A regular box-end wrench can be placed over the bolthead and seems like it
could do the job except most box-type wrenches (like mine) have a head with
slight offset, and the bend in the shaft places the shaft tightly against
the nearby fuel-line (keeping the wrench from being turned CCW). Moving the
fuel-line would solve that problem and is probably the most expedient
course to take.


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