Date registered: Sep 2005
Vehicle: Green '02 E320 Wagon
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How to wrench in tight places??
How do I operate a wrench in tight places?
I'm trying to replace a hydraulic fluid line under my W210 E320 wagon, but it's taking me hours to remove the bolts securing it. The difficulty is partly because of rust and thread-lock, but mostly because I have so little room to work.
I'm using an adjustable wrench; all I've got. The size of its head and handle allow me only 1/16th of a turn before I must flip the wrench or switch to a vice grip. It took two hours to remove a single rusted bolt, and another bolt is proving impossible. And good luck getting these bolts back on without destroying them.
So, how do the pros use a wrench in such tight places? A socket wrench won't work because these are bolts around a fluid line. A fixed-size wrench might work, but I'd need one of every size, and one of those in every head and handle angle. Yes, I've seen these for sale, but that seems impractical. Or must I take off the axle and control arms just to reach these silly bolts?
I just need to replace a nine inch piece of pipe held on by two bolts. It looks so simple, but it's stretching me to the limits of my dexterity. I can't pay the dealership hundreds of dollars to do this. Please, there must be a better way! Thanks for any input.
Getting my Benz back on the road one step at a time