Need to get under the bonnet this weekend to see if I can finally get the bolt out holding the intake to the inlet on my TS (cam belt end). If I had a lift or pit I might be able to see if from underneath .. I doubt it given the power-steering pump and alternator is in direct line .. but a couple of axles stands ain't that clever!
Going to try a cut-down box wrench ...
Tried the cut down box wrench idea ... nope!
But finally the little bar-steward is out ... I tried everything from small 1/4" socket and ratchet to joining every socket extension I own to one another and trying from below ... and it still would not loosen.
So I gave up with that while I had a re-think and removed the aux belt and upper timing belt cover. And then prepared some silicon hose lengths for the oil filter heat-exchanger .... now I need some larger hose clips as the originals are too small (16mm reinforced silicon needs 25mm clips!
Then I realised I now had a bit more room from the belt side and tried again with my flexi-ratchet and ... started it .. then took what seemed an age to move it one click at a time, one twisting the bolt with two fingers a bit each time ... so that's out! Relief (until I have to put the bu**er back!)
So took the cam covers off and cleaned out the tops of the head bolts ...
Now my bl**dy 13MM Ribe DOESN'T FIT!!! I asked three people who all said 13mm was the right size but it looks like I'm going to need an M12 now!
So gave up for today after about three hours of abuse and expletives. Will get the balance and timing belts off next. Then put the cam locks on, etc.
Anyway the plan will be to remove the head with the alloy inlet manifold attached, because you can't get at at least one nut, and leaving the plastic intake in the car ...
I don't fancy trying to take the intake off and trying to (a) remove the two bolts underneath and (b) getting them back in again!
Something tells me I should NOT have attempted this and gave it to someone else to do ... and take the hit in my wallet! Might get the car back on the road by xmas at this rate .... it's one hurdle after the next ...