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Old 03-01-2008, 06:09 PM   #1
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HELP! Removing intake manifold...

I have a 1990 bronco with a 5.8L and im having trouble getting off the intake manifold. Im replacing the passenger side valvecover/ gasket and must get the intake manifold off to get at it. There is a star pattern screw down "in" the manifold that i cant get at. I know it's size is T40. I have the socket but it is too wide.A torx screwdriver would work but no autoparts stores within 20 miles have the right size. Anyone else had this problem or suggestions of how to get at the screw???? ANy ideas would be appreciated.
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Old 03-01-2008, 06:18 PM   #2
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I have a 1990 bronco with a 5.8L and im having trouble getting off the intake manifold. Im replacing the passenger side valvecover/ gasket and must get the intake manifold off to get at it. There is a star pattern screw down "in" the manifold that i cant get at. I know it's size is T40. I have the socket but it is too wide.A torx screwdriver would work but no autoparts stores within 20 miles have the right size. Anyone else had this problem or suggestions of how to get at the screw???? ANy ideas would be appreciated.
if you got the torx bit w/ the socket attachment, pop out the torx and use a 1/4" socket (or whatever fits it nicly) to put the torx bit in. then go after it with a ratchet.know what I mean?

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Old 03-01-2008, 06:23 PM   #3
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they also make a t-handle screw driver with that T40 bit, thats what I use. It fits right down in there
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Old 03-01-2008, 08:51 PM   #4
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You dont have your location posted, but the specialized bit is also available from the Cornwell tool dude. Probably available from Snap-Off etc too.
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Old 03-01-2008, 08:58 PM   #5
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they also make a t-handle screw driver with that T40 bit, thats what I use. It fits right down in there
I second that Sears sells em if you break it just take it back no truck to track down....
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Old 03-01-2008, 10:02 PM   #6
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Old 03-01-2008, 10:04 PM   #7
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Thats what I was trying to describe in my first post. Works pretty good, but it would be nice to have the right tool for the right job.

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Old 03-01-2008, 10:07 PM   #8
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If it's the factory 5.8L manifold, THIS is the best tool:






Can you tell I hate the factory manifold setup?
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If it's the factory 5.8L manifold, THIS is the best tool:






Can you tell I hate the factory manifold setup?
Sarcasm? I'm contemplating using a hammer right now
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Old 05-27-2014, 09:14 PM   #10
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I just had to deal with this. Harbor Freight has 1/4" drive torx bits which will fit in the space provided provided you use a 1/4" extension. It was only like $8 or so for a set of 5 or 6 bits including the T40 you need. I had a 3/8" drive bit and it was no go.

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Old 05-28-2014, 05:32 AM   #13
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I went with 1/4 drive set up but taped it to keep it together. Hey Bikerpepe you should sell those on EBay
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Old 05-28-2014, 01:53 PM   #15
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I was able to take the socket and use a magnet put it in through the front of the intake then take a 6in ext and connect them togeather under the manafold, once i figured it out it was simple
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Old 05-28-2014, 03:38 PM   #16
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GHETTO STYLE!
Nice! lol

I have one of those 3/8"-drive sockets with the T40 bit permanently set inside of it. I put it to my bench grinder and ground-down the socket until it was skinny enough to fit in the upper plenum's channel.
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