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Old 07-30-2015, 11:07 AM   #1
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Expansion tank hoses stuck

The hoses connected to my expansion tank won't come off after i pull of the rings, they seem incredibly rigid.

What should i do?

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Old 07-30-2015, 12:11 PM   #2
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Use a screw driver as lever, once you move the hoses a few mm back there is a spot where you can stick a small flat screwdriver in. Be careful no to break anything. Jiggling is the word there.

If it doesn't give you not even a few mm you can use a bigger flat piece of metal (a small pry bar works good) and put leverage on the outer border of the hose and something else around it, also careful not to break anything.

My wife's car had a few hoses very hard to come out. But somebody at some point used stop-a-leak in the cooling system, I think that was the main reason. Regardless, I always use some Vaseline to lubricate the o-rings before installing the hoses, and in the few months after I put together and had to take it apart several times it didn't stuck anymore.
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Old 07-30-2015, 12:39 PM   #3
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Yep...they'll break loose about 4 mins. after you give up on them! Pry, as mentioned...work around the hose gently from as many different angles as you can. Maybe a squirt of wd40 or something will help a tiny bit...wiggle and giggle them...try not to get too excited. Some here, obviously really have a thing for those hoses...it's pretty disgusting.
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