Torture - Banjo Bolt on Rack

Kneale Brownson knotnook at
Wed Apr 23 23:53:31 EDT 2003

At 07:27 PM 04/23/2003 -0600, 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
>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.

I used the long extensions with a swivel at the bolt end (actually used a
socket that incorporates a swivel) and the space between the passenger
fender and the engine to swing the wrench.   I had a neighbor guide the
socket onto the bolt because I couldn't manipulate it with the swivel from
the other side of the car by myself.  Rest was easy.  Did you see the
suggestion about wrapping the bolt with a strong thread you then pull to
turn it back in when reassembling?  I read about that after taking half the
skin off my arms in the effort to start the bolt back into the rack with
the new hose.

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