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Old 11-01-2015, 12:15 AM   #1
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I have a 2001 Malibu with a 3.1 v6. yesterday the heater hose quick connector broke where it connects to the engine(or something I can't see). There are a couple of tabs you are supposed to squeezes to pull it off. I have been squeezing for 2 days and can,t budge it. I located a tool that looks like a pair of tweezers With a ring in the end that was made to take them off but because of the place it is at I just cant seem to get a hold of it good enough to pull it off.

Getting desperate. Am I going to have to take it off a piece at the time. HELP
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Does it look like this?
Amazon.com: Dorman 800-403 Heater Hose Quick Connect: Automotive

If so then you want this to remove it easier, it depresses both sides at the same time, which is what has to be done to remove the quick connect.

Amazon.com: OTC 6046 Heater Line Quick-Connect Release Tool for GM: Automotive
I did see one of these on
Amazon but it specified GM and Chevy trucks. I was afraid the inside diameter might be different. If not that does look like it would work better than what I have.
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You can squeeze until the cows come home, but if there is dirt under the tab(between the tab and the pipe), it'* not going to release.....

Use an unraveled paper clip to scrape between the tab and pipe, to release any crud/dirt....then spray the joint with PB Blaster....now lock a pair of vice grips on the tabs to the pipe...make sure you have released the pipe bracket from the block....holding the end of the vice grips, hit the vice grip with a hammer as close to the pipe as possible and it should come free.....

If that doesn't work, then rotate the aluminum housing(that the pipe goes into) all the way out....disconnect the hose from the pipe, and then you can work on it easier outside of the vehicle, to separate the two...
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You can squeeze until the cows come home, but if there is dirt under the tab(between the tab and the pipe), it'* not going to release.....

Use an unraveled paper clip to scrape between the tab and pipe, to release any crud/dirt....then spray the joint with PB Blaster....now lock a pair of vice grips on the tabs to the pipe...make sure you have released the pipe bracket from the block....holding the end of the vice grips, hit the vice grip with a hammer as close to the pipe as possible and it should come free.....

If that doesn't work, then rotate the aluminum housing(that the pipe goes into) all the way out....disconnect the hose from the pipe, and then you can work on it easier outside of the vehicle, to separate the two...
Thanks for that Tech II. The problem is that IF I could get a pair of channel locks on the tabs, there is no way to get a hammer behind it. It almost has to be pulled. Question---- I'm not sure what pipe bracket or aluminum housing you are referring to. are you saying that the pipe that the quick connect goes on can be screwed out of the block? Secondly, Can I twist the quick connect once I push the tabs in? Thanks again for the help.
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update. when all else fails, a hammer and razor sharp chisel will do the job.
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Haaa, glad you were able to get it off of there!
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