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Old 10-22-2011, 01:00 PM
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I just did this DIY.

I unhooked the top of the secondary air hose and moved it forward and out of the way, and that helped a lot! Just make you're VERY gentle with the hose, as it can get brittle after all those miles. I sort of tucked it out of the way near the coolant reservoir.

Because the secondary air hose was out of the way, I could easily use a straight extension and it worked like a charm. I used one hand to slightly cradle the wrench at the pivot point so I wouldn't torque sideways. Oil does come out immediately, even if you simply loosen the assembly. I loosened mine just an eighth or so of a turn, then went to get a towel a few steps away, and oil had already started coming out.

Believe me, this minor DIY is definately worth it. You can pick up the 32mm socket from Harbor Freight right now (October) on sale for $1.49!

PS: Don't forget to carefully reconnect the secondary air hose.

I only needed a straight extension, and total length was about 6 inches. Anything less, and a hose will get in the way.

Moving the secondary air hose out of the way.

Socket wrench in place.

Difference in spring lengths.
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