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PostPosted: Tue Apr 15, 2014 1:42 pm    Post subject: Re: O2 sensor change 2003 MPV Reply with quote

Yup. I am 6'2 and have large hands. It was a pain to get the one out. Wobble extensions or u-joints help. The wobble joints have less angle to them, but you can put more torque on them. Also, a small mirror on a stick along with a flashlight helps to see what you are getting into. I just thought about this - if you are doing preventative maintenance, have you changed your plugs? If you are going to, then you have to remove the intake which will definitely give you more room.

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The last post in this thread offers a solution to getting the plugs undone. http://forum.mpvclub.com/viewtopic.php?t=23832&highlight=

For the upper sensor - you need to do it by braille. It is a pain to get out. What type of sensor removal tool are you using? The full socket type or the one that looks like a crow foot wrench that you use with an extension? The latter will allow you to use enough extensions to get clear of the intake. Also try wobble extensions. I

So, regarding the extensions, you are suggesting to get the tool on the O2 sensor and then get leverage from above. I'll try that. I can hardly get my arm down there between the firewall and engine.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 15, 2014 1:51 pm    Post subject: Re: O2 sensor change 2003 MPV Reply with quote

It has been a while since I replace that one, so I am not quite sure but I think I may have had a friend help me get it out. If the car is on ramps, try seeing if you can reach your hand up from below to the plug, then have a friend reach down from the top and pull the plug.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 15, 2014 3:13 pm    Post subject: Re: O2 sensor change 2003 MPV Reply with quote

owr084 wrote:
Yup. I am 6'2 and have large hands. It was a pain to get the one out. Wobble extensions or u-joints help. The wobble joints have less angle to them, but you can put more torque on them. Also, a small mirror on a stick along with a flashlight helps to see what you are getting into. I just thought about this - if you are doing preventative maintenance, have you changed your plugs? If you are going to, then you have to remove the intake which will definitely give you more room.

rit14623 wrote:
owr084 wrote:
The last post in this thread offers a solution to getting the plugs undone. http://forum.mpvclub.com/viewtopic.php?t=23832&highlight=

For the upper sensor - you need to do it by braille. It is a pain to get out. What type of sensor removal tool are you using? The full socket type or the one that looks like a crow foot wrench that you use with an extension? The latter will allow you to use enough extensions to get clear of the intake. Also try wobble extensions. I

So, regarding the extensions, you are suggesting to get the tool on the O2 sensor and then get leverage from above. I'll try that. I can hardly get my arm down there between the firewall and engine.

Well, I actually already did the spark plugs and coils which involved removing the intake manifold. At the time, I didn't know that this would allow me better access for the O2 sensor replacement job.
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