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Super Simple Homemade Vaccuum Switch Removal Tool

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Michael Murder, Jul 3, 2009.

  1. Michael Murder
    Joined: Jan 10, 2006
    Posts: 102

    Michael Murder
    from Wyoming

    Pretty simple. I was bored today so I thought I would document some small and easy tool modification.

    Not too long ago I took off some of the EGR junk on my Buick 350. I didn't get around to taking off the temperature vacuum switch tower. It's an eyesore. It needs a special tool which is basically a socket with a cut in it. I tried a crow's foot, and an end wrench and some stupid stuff with vice grips, no luck. The special tool is kind of spendy, so I thought I would sacrifice a crappy socket and a small amount of time instead of shelling out for something I'd use once.

    Tower in question

    Socket that would have broken anyway.

    Luckily the socket is deep enough. So far, so good.


    I made a little jig and drilled a hole at the deepest part of the socket.

    I used a cut off wheel and cut out the diameter of the hole all the way down.

    It looks a lot uglier than planned but will do the job.



    This could take out a number of similar things like an O2 sensor.

    Easy, simple and free.
  2. Bib Overalls
    Joined: Aug 3, 2001
    Posts: 4,071

    Bib Overalls

    We have a locally owned "wholesale" warehouse that sells offshore tools at relatively low prices. I'm always buying and modifying them for one time jobs where quality is not an issue. I'll file your idea away. Cuz someday I will have a similar problem.
  3. Couldn't you have just beat it in with a hammer then taken it out with a normal socket?:)

    Making tools, its one of the greatest ideas ever conceived.
  4. Muttley
    Joined: Nov 30, 2003
    Posts: 18,416


    Thats what I would have done. ;) :D

  5. lostforawhile
    Joined: Mar 23, 2008
    Posts: 4,160


    i have those on my 86,and i also made some of these sockets into o2 sockets on the mill, used a good socket though because i wanted it to last
  6. RAY With
    Joined: Mar 15, 2009
    Posts: 3,133

    RAY With

    Necessity is the mother of inventions. Man has no limits when driven by the unknown.
  7. Hooligansince65
    Joined: Feb 14, 2007
    Posts: 324

    from Chicago

    Just sold it to Craftsman Thanks.
  8. 325w
    Joined: Feb 18, 2008
    Posts: 5,350

    from texas

    How close to 21 milimeter is that ? Looked like and o2 sensor socket. Never bought the socket just use a cresent.
  9. You can't always get in there with a Crescent.


    The cut socket is a good idea.

    Never can tell when you might need a thermal vacuum switch.
    They can be hard to find sometimes.
  10. niceguyede
    Joined: Jan 19, 2009
    Posts: 633

    from dallas

    someone should start a sticky post just for home made tools. I have to make custom dollies for metal work all the time. pretty soon Ill need a tool box just for dollies!haha
  11. StanDaManTX
    Joined: Feb 27, 2009
    Posts: 597

    from The South

    making tools is what separates us from monkey's
  12. Well, that and league bowling.:D Either way, it all boils down to the presence of opposable thumbs.
  13. 59KUSTOM
    Joined: Nov 16, 2007
    Posts: 912


    I admire your ingenuity, but you could have bought one of those sockets for 5 or 6 bucks at any decent parts store (AutoZone doesn't count).
  14. d2_willys
    Joined: Sep 8, 2007
    Posts: 4,101

    from Kansas

    Looks like a pipe wrench might've worked too.
  15. Neat tool but I've always just knocked the top off of them and removed them with a socket.
    Never the less it is a neat tool mod.
  16. If you need to remove one of those while still on the vehicle it is either bad or not being used, can't think of a use for them other than to control emissions crap like the damper door in the air cleaner or choke pull-off. Someone enlighten me of possible uses for them on a hot rod, please.
  17. shinysideup
    Joined: Sep 1, 2008
    Posts: 1,627

    from ruskin, fl

    Aint nothing an open-end wrench couldnt handle.
  18. Maybe you need one to pass inspection somewhere.

    I could see the tool being handy as hell to break a temp sender loose but in most cases a crows foot will work. The operative word being most here.

    When desparation kicks in we should all know simple ways to modify whatever we have at have to get the job done. I have always used an endmill to carve a slot in a socket. Now that I have little or no access to a Bridgeport I won't have to figure this one out. Someone already did that for me.

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