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PostPosted: Mon Oct 31, 2016 3:52 pm    Post subject: Removing oil filler tube Reply with quote

You may hear it mentioned but the preferred method for removing this odd bolt is the internal pipe wrench, and just look its made in America oh goody. The official VW tool is a joke with two small ears that probably worked when cars were new but now all these years later and because of dissimilar metal corrosion, aluminum stand and steel bolt these things are on tight. I pictured one that has ears just about stripped off. You can buy these things at a plumbing supply house or maybe big box store, I forgot where this one came from. Look at all the sludge and crap inside the filler tube. I took this apart to clean and detail, I'll plastic blast the stand and repaint the tube.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 31, 2016 4:13 pm    Post subject: Re: Removing oil filler tube Reply with quote

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Not trying to be funny here, but these are often called nipple extractors. And available individually or in sets from places like Home Depot
https://www.google.com/search?q=nipple+extractor+h...FXoZysM%3A

http://www.homedepot.com/p/HDX-Internal-Pipe-Wrench-Set-HDX150/204218626
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 31, 2016 4:25 pm    Post subject: Re: Removing oil filler tube Reply with quote

I'm on board for nipples. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 31, 2016 4:56 pm    Post subject: Re: Removing oil filler tube Reply with quote

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I'm on board for nipples. Very Happy


X2

Actually I have always had good luck using an old lawn edger blade ground down to fit the slot.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 31, 2016 5:02 pm    Post subject: Re: Removing oil filler tube Reply with quote

I've never even owned the "proper" tool. I've had my internal pipe wrench for well over 20 years now. I've noticed that some VW vendors sell them.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 31, 2016 5:08 pm    Post subject: Re: Removing oil filler tube Reply with quote

Yes the proper tool. Well 30 plus years ago its all we had and information was kept close to the vest. It's been about that long that an old VW guy showed me this, getting info was like pulling teeth. It's all free now . Very Happy you see me holding the proper tool? It's a paper weight now I only use the pipe wrench.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 31, 2016 5:15 pm    Post subject: Re: Removing oil filler tube Reply with quote

I remember one time I had a really gunked up oil filler to remove, and I think I had to put a socket and breaker bar on the end of the pipe wrench. And when I levered on it, I broke it loose and removed the oil filler, but only after the generator stand cracked!
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 31, 2016 6:20 pm    Post subject: Re: Removing oil filler tube Reply with quote

I ditched the "proper tool" years ago after encountering one that was so stuck I broke the upper ring off and the threaded section remained in place (took an impact wrench to do that), once I got back from Home depot with the "new proper tool" the remnants were out in the blink of an eye. I'm not sure where I put the original tool now, the ID pipe wrench works so much better it's not even worth trying with the slotted one.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 31, 2016 9:20 pm    Post subject: Re: Removing oil filler tube Reply with quote

Great tips in this thread! I had one stuck on so badly that I gave up on it, removed the stand and installed a better, used one. I thought about heating up that nut but the ways suggested here are brilliant!
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