I am trying to remove the power steering high pressure hose on 1995 town car to replace O ring. I am having a hard time loosening nut with 18mm crows foot wrench. Afraid that I'm stripping nut head. Looking for suggestions
Country: United StatesMake: LincolnModel: Town Car
trying to remove power steering high pressure hose
Hi, I’m Chris. Welcome and thanks for asking your question!
Is the nut not turning or is it rounding off on the edges?
Not turning and rounding off the edges
Thanks for replying.
Options at this point are limited. You can get a flare nut wrench style crows foot that has a little more bite shown below.
If you have access which I doubt you do, you can use a pair of vice grips clamped on very tight to break the fitting loose.
Do not heat the pump nor the fitting, this will cause even more damage. you can however spray some rust penetrating oil around the fitting to help free up the rusted threads. You can use a center punch and hit one of the flat sides of the nut in the direction to loosen it which will sometimes free it up.
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Do you know what size flare nut? 18 mm crow foot fit but I can't seem to find metric flare wrench without buying entire set. If I have stripped the nut head can I cut the pressure line to help me get access to the nut and then replace the entire hose and if so is the access to the other end of the new hose assembly difficult?
Cutting the pipe and using a socket to remove the fitting and then replacing the line is an option. Getting the other end off the steering gear is normally easier.
Below are 3 images where you can buy a single tool.