Torture - Banjo Bolt on Rack

DAK dak at
Wed Apr 23 23:38:02 EDT 2003

I went through this last fall. It is a huge pain! I was able to get a
socket on it, then attach the drive. I also remember using a combination
wrench. I think it was the combi wrench that let me break it loose.


Rakesh Brennig wrote:
> Hello List, I am about to give up hope in changing the high pressure pump to
> rack hose. Mine had begun to leak abouta cup of Pentosin a day. I followed
> the pictoral description by Phil Rose on Chris Miller's site too no avail -
> I cannot get the banjo bolt at the rack loose.  I removed the oil resevoir
> to the side and even got a bend in the metal brake line but I could not get
> a socket on to the bolt.  The fuel lines really crowd the space near the
> bolt.
> I tried a 19mm wrench w/ a breaker pipe but it slipped free and damaged a
> corner of the bolt. I called my mechanic and he said that uses a long
> extension and a hinged 19mm socket and comes at the bolt from the passanger
> side behind the engine.  I tried this method; I can slide the
> socket+extension past the steering damper to the bold.  Sometimes I get the
> the socket to sit on the bolt but because of the slight angles in the
> connection, whenever I apply torque, the socket slips off.
> Any btdt would be very welcome.
> Rakesh Brennig
> 200q20v, 95k
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