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Removing pushrod tubes

Postby Markus » Tue Aug 19, 2014 2:16 pm

I had a hell of time getting these off, especially on the hotter cylinders. And I dented a couple using vice grips, and a mallet. But I found a good trick.

I had some header wrap lying around so I cut about 2 feet of it and wrapped it around a pushrod tube twice. Then twirled it around by hand to kinda make a strap wrench. get it tight so it doesnt slide, then pull horizontally. they all popped off pretty easy.

If you dont have header wrap lying around, its basically a woven canvas tape that can be like 1-2" wide. But its not sticky or anything. You could probably use a strip of cut up old jeans or canvas.

Most how to's i saw say to use vice grips or channel locks or something, I found this to be a bad idea.
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Re: Removing pushrod tubes

Postby Raj » Tue Aug 19, 2014 3:26 pm

Assuming this is t4? Not fluent in T4 at all.... you have any pics to post of the why its difficult?
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Re: Removing pushrod tubes

Postby Markus » Wed Aug 20, 2014 7:27 am

Oh yeah type 4, sorry. I will edit my post. Its only difficult if the seals had not been changed in 15 years and thousands of heat cycles like mine. They are not that difficult to access once you take the lower tins off and lift the bus a bit. And of course, so nice that this can be done w/out taking the heads off.
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Re: Removing pushrod tubes

Postby Tom » Wed Aug 20, 2014 8:38 am

You don't need to edit your post, Raj should just read your signature line . ;)
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removing pushrod tubesRe: Removing pushrod tubes

Postby ainokea » Sun Dec 04, 2016 9:40 pm

Spark plug boot pliers with coated ends have been my favorite way to remove the P/R tubes
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