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How to remove third / rear bolt from A/C compressor

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I made a short video that shows how to remove the third A/C compressor bolt from 996 Carrera 2004. You do not want to strip this bolt. The key for me was to use a borescope which gives you the confidence to turn the bolt as you know for a sure when your grip is good enough.

I'd recommend you to buy two USB borescopes, they are cheap. One small one with auto focus and one good quality microscope with manual focus. I am using the latter here. For the better quality one I recommend Andonstar 2MP endoscope. Search ebay with keywords: andonstar 2mp usb endoscope . Should cost $70.

Video here:

Note that my focus for this video is not that great, I only care about getting a solid grip.


Edited by Domiac

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I had to use a shop mirror with a flexible tip, and a flashlight along with a socket, swivel head and 6" extension. I used the mirror to see the bolt head. Then with a lot of patience, I fished the socket, swivel head and extension down between the first and second ribs of the upper intake. Using the mirror, I danced the socket head until I was aligned with the bolt head. See the attached.


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Thanks, your image is great (although that wooden pallet looks a bit scary B) ). Actually, after you have done this once, the next time is a walk in the park. Through the path which you marked red, it is reasonably easy to push your socket and extension to the bolt. Some kind of swivel is needed but the required degree difference is small, only 10 or so.

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If you remove the temperature sensor that is located ((wedged ) between the air intake tubes then you have a pretty straight shot at it. A 13mm socket and a 6" extension is really all you need. The swivel is really only needed if you don't remove the sensor.

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