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E46 (1999 - 2006)
The fourth generation 3 Series (E46 chassis) was introduced in 1999 and set the standard for engineering and performance during it's years of production including being named to Car & Driver's 10 best list every one of those years! ! -- View the E46 Wiki

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Old 07-21-2012, 10:59 AM
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Help Getting PS Hose Off! Picture Inside.

Ok so here's my project of the day. My PS had been leaking fluid from this hose since its so old and cracked. Problem is that stupid little plastic end piece you're suppose to pull back when you push the hose forward is already cracked and broken. Possibly from the previous owner or mechanic. ( you can see in my picture). Is there any other safe way to get this dang thing off?

Help is much appreciated

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Old 07-21-2012, 02:58 PM
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I had the same thing happen to me. I used a Dremmel tool to work at the fitting, and after a lot of prying, and swearing the thing came off. If you go the Dremmel route, take small careful cuts, you do not want to turn this into a bigger project.
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Old 07-22-2012, 10:06 AM
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The special tool from AST makes removing those hoses a breeze.
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Old 07-22-2012, 01:04 PM
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Ok so here's my project of the day. My PS had been leaking fluid from this hose since its so old and cracked. Problem is that stupid little plastic end piece you're suppose to pull back when you push the hose forward is already cracked and broken. Possibly from the previous owner or mechanic. ( you can see in my picture). Is there any other safe way to get this dang thing off?

Help is much appreciated

I haven't done it in awhile but as I recall, to get the connector off you need to either push the whole connection forward, while pulling backward on the silver part or pull backward while pushing the silver part forward. It should be one or the other. It's some sort of spring loaded fitting. After doing it a couple of times, it'll seem intuitive. I have a buddy who can take these off in his sleep!
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Old 07-22-2012, 02:28 PM
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Ok, i finally got the dang thing off after going through a number of methods. The one I settled on involved taking out the front right headlight unit. This required removing 5 8mm screws. The two on top of the unit were easy but the remaining 3 were a little tricky.

The picture below is of the old hose and the 4 little clips I eventually got good access to with the headlight unit removed. I spun the hose clockwise (see 2nd picture) and depressed the 4 clips with a very small flat head screw driver.

Eventually with all the clips depressed the thing FINALLY popped off ( I refuse to divulge how long this took me ). Obviously this is an extreme case and more often than not your clip will not be decrepit and broken like mine was.

Hope this helps some one in the future. Let me know if you have anymore questions on the process!



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The special tool from AST makes removing those hoses a breeze.
Anyone have this tool for sale that doesn't need it any more? My hoses to resvior need to be changed and I rather just this tool. I think I can buy it for 40 bucks on Amazon.

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Old 01-02-2013, 10:17 AM
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Ast stuff is very expensive. I bought the funnel a year ago for oil changes and it was sixty bucks. Nice to have for oil changes on two bummers though.
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For future reference, this type of disconnect tool is what you need:

http://www.harborfreight.com/6-piece...ool-97576.html

Looks like the AST tool mentioned works in conjunction with the quick disconnect inserts.
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Old 01-03-2013, 05:37 PM
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For future reference, this type of disconnect tool is what you need:

http://www.harborfreight.com/6-piece...ool-97576.html

Looks like the AST tool mentioned works in conjunction with the quick disconnect inserts.
+1. When the clip breaks off, this is what you should use. When the clip is still good, use the OEM disconnect tool.
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Anyone have this tool for sale that doesn't need it any more? My hoses to resvior need to be changed and I rather just this tool. I think I can buy it for 40 bucks on Amazon.
I recall the tool to remove the line being provided with the new hose I bought. Push the plastic tool into the QD and pull on the line and WALA..took about 30 seconds.
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