[T3] Breather box-support stand

Jim Adney jadney at VWType3.org
Wed Jul 1 19:56:07 PDT 2015

On 1 Jul 2015 at 18:51, Jaime Gurrola wrote:

> How do you remove the breather from the housing support stand?  I see 
> the special nut but there appears to be a sleeve collar or something 
> blocking it so  I can't get my tool on the nut.

Depending on the year, there are several parts that need to be 
removed before you can get the breather box off. The last one is a 
sort of sleeve that sticks down inside the "nut". Sometimes those are 
stuck, especially if there are a lot of miles on the engine or if it 
has been in storage for a long time.

Most of the time you can stick a finger in that sleeve and lift it 
out. If that doesn't work, you may need a "persuader" of some kind. 
Imagine a very large nail, held in a vise grips, with the head 
sticking down. Stick the head down until it hooks under the hole in 
the bottom of the sleeve. Now tap the vise grips upwards as you move 
the nail around the opening at the bottom. Be careful not to drop the 
nail; make sure it is very secure in the vise grips.

That said, it's often very hard to unscrew that "nut" even when you 
have good access. They get cemented in there by years of accumulated 
baked oil, etc. I'm on my third such tool, having broken each of the 
others. It's a good idea to take the breather box off to clean it out 
inside, but it's not worth breaking something to do it.

Jim Adney, jadney at vwtype3.org
Madison, Wisconsin, USA

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