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Old 11-21-2009, 04:44 PM   #1
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I'm trying to remove the power steering and install the pulley so I can just use a/c but for the life of me I can't get the third bolt off of the ps bracket. It is covered up by the bracket itself and underneath is the water pump neck so I can't fit a wrench in there either. I tried cutting the bracket to get to the bolt but the dremmel stopped working halfway through the cut. Any ideas?
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There's an insert that you can remove. Drift it out with a hammer and a punch. I personally didn't find this out untill I got it off turning the whole bracket to loosen the bolt then putting my finger to stop the bolt from spinning as I lifted the bracket off.( sort of like the process of using a ratchet)
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That insert can be a **** too, especially if there's any corrosion. I probably spent 2 hours wailing on it to get mine out.
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That insert can be a **** too, especially if there's any corrosion. I probably spent 2 hours wailing on it to get mine out.

Forgot to add I used a rubber mallet to pound on the bracket( I didn't drift the plug )
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I'm working on this one too on a spec car. Insert is stuck (corroded). I'm halfway cutting it through with an angle grinder, a chisel and a BFH. Thing won't budge either way, so cutting was the only option left. Just be careful in not hitting the water neck just below.
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My dremmel stopped worked halfway through my cut anyways.
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get a punch and a hammer and tap that thing out.
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it comes out to the front of the car and I found no way of placing a punch and hammer between the bracket and the exhaust manifold, hence the cutting...
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Well, when I get off work I'm going to see if I can rotate the bracket with a mallet or something. Otherwise it will be off to figuring wtf is up with my dremel. This is the second one to go out on me in 3 days. I don't know if I'm overheating these things or what.
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Just to update this thread, I did get the bracket off by hitting the corner with a hammer and it loosened the bolt just enough so I could remove it by hand. Now I just need a new dremmel so I can chop the lines.
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