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    Just started replacing my thermostat and following the how to guides. Just as I was about to remove the clips on the 1 pipes going to the thermost I Got stuck. Basically I can't get the clips off. There all on awkward angles anf hidden and can't seem to get access to turn them around and get the grips on them. Any advice to an easy way to get them off

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    I had this problem... I used some grease on them, a pair of needle nosed pliers and allot of swearing... Got they in the end!

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    I'll give this ago. Failing that couldn't I just cut them off with some cutting pliers and then replace them with the scre type clamps?

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    Most people replace the clips when they do this swap anyway... Iwas to tight to do that hence why i worked with the clips it har already...

    Cutting the pipes wont work as they will be to short to fit properlu after this IMO.

    Take your time... Needle nose piers to turn the clip so you can then clamp it propely... Then slowley work it down the pipe... You will get there in the end and probably even come up with a few new swear words as you are doing it!

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    I've got some long nosed mole grips - they're great for this type of clip. Once you've got them on, they lock and hold the clip open enough to slide along the pipe. If you can't get to the bits you need to squeeze, take the thermostat housing bolts out, and then when you pull the housing away from the block you can turn it a bit to allow you to get to the clip better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rich r View Post
    I've got some long nosed mole grips - they're great for this type of clip. Once you've got them on, they lock and hold the clip open enough to slide along the pipe. If you can't get to the bits you need to squeeze, take the thermostat housing bolts out, and then when you pull the housing away from the block you can turn it a bit to allow you to get to the clip better.
    Now thats a shout... Top idea there!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rich r View Post
    I've got some long nosed mole grips - they're great for this type of clip. Once you've got them on, they lock and hold the clip open enough to slide along the pipe. If you can't get to the bits you need to squeeze, take the thermostat housing bolts out, and then when you pull the housing away from the block you can turn it a bit to allow you to get to the clip better.
    I did that, but then found I didnt have enough hands to hold the housing, squeeze the pliers and pull the pipe off....enter my 13 year old son.
    Talk about having to bite my tongue.....they were the longest 10 minutes of my life haha!!

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    I eventually got it done. Such an easy job but realistically due to it being so tight and awkward made it quite hard. Luckily the heater is now working temp gauge not rose yet but a long drive tomorrow should see that change

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    I did mine a good few months ago. One clip I just could not get at so I simply decided to go for all or bust. I decided on brute force to break the plastic nipple on the old stat. It then made it easy to get the clip off and fitted good old jubilee clips for an eaiser change if there is a next time. In 30 odd years of motoring, this must be the mother of all stats to change.

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    on 1.9cdti 150 i found removing the battery and the side of battery box gained better access with sum long reach snipe nosed pliers - but was still a chew.

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