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Tricky union nuts steering

Started by MrBen, May 11, 2022, 07:10:12 AM

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Hello all. I know that there is a special 'crows foot' type tool to undo the hydraulic union bolts to the steering rack, but, has anyone done this another way using a more conventional or improvised tool? Cheers

I have to be honest, I don't even know what a hydraulic union bolt is!!
I drive a Seat Alhambra 1.9Tdi which has 115bhp and an automatic gearbox.

I am happy to help you with all your questions. I am not a qualified mechanic but seem to be better at fixing my car than even the most experienced garages.

I have lots of friends here and very much enjoy talking with you all. Always remember, a motor car is a serious tool and should be treated with respect. Put your safety first, always.

Pipe spanner? Same as brake pipe spanner just bigger size. If you have a cheapy ring spanner you might be able to get the grinder out and cut a slot in it to make your own spanner

Yes good idea...or maybe bend 90° an open spanner, and use a socket on the other end of spanner. Got nuisance bolt out with heat...was a bit mangled in there

It looks like that bolt is threaded!!
I drive a Seat Alhambra 1.9Tdi which has 115bhp and an automatic gearbox.

I am happy to help you with all your questions. I am not a qualified mechanic but seem to be better at fixing my car than even the most experienced garages.

I have lots of friends here and very much enjoy talking with you all. Always remember, a motor car is a serious tool and should be treated with respect. Put your safety first, always.

A bit of galling has gone on there, probably fired in with a windy gun at great speed at some point in its last to cause heat build up.

Yes I'm going to need to get another bolt....rack is off though...chuffed

Do you have any piccies please? A piccy says a thousand words. Thank you
I drive a Seat Alhambra 1.9Tdi which has 115bhp and an automatic gearbox.

I am happy to help you with all your questions. I am not a qualified mechanic but seem to be better at fixing my car than even the most experienced garages.

I have lots of friends here and very much enjoy talking with you all. Always remember, a motor car is a serious tool and should be treated with respect. Put your safety first, always.

She's off!

Thank you, I really enjoyed looking at those pics
I drive a Seat Alhambra 1.9Tdi which has 115bhp and an automatic gearbox.

I am happy to help you with all your questions. I am not a qualified mechanic but seem to be better at fixing my car than even the most experienced garages.

I have lots of friends here and very much enjoy talking with you all. Always remember, a motor car is a serious tool and should be treated with respect. Put your safety first, always.