Cracking C5 spheres needed befoire removal?

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Cracking C5 spheres needed befoire removal?

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Whenever I used to remove Xantia spheres, I used to first crack the sphere by putting the Car on high position, and hammering it a quarter of a turn before depressurising and removal.

Is the same needed for C5? In the instructions posted for C5, I did not find any reference to such a procedure prior to depressurisation.
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Re: Cracking C5 spheres needed befoire removal?

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Not normally, as these should only be hand tight, but they can become stuck with age - so you may need to gently coax it.
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Re: Cracking C5 spheres needed befoire removal?

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Chisel and a big hammer will be needed if you don't have a a removal tool.
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/114879624619 ... SwLe5avT8r
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Re: Cracking C5 spheres needed befoire removal?

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Since they are factory fitted, I am expecting some resistance. Thank you for the confirmation!
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Re: Cracking C5 spheres needed befoire removal?

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MGmike wrote:
11 Jul 2021, 17:43
Chisel and a big hammer will be needed if you don't have a a removal tool.
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/114879624619 ... SwLe5avT8r
I was going to order that tool. But with Brexit, importing things into Europe from UK is a pain. You pay huge charges and taxes and takes over a month to receive the item, probably stuck at customs. I couldnt find any EU supplier.

I will try with this tool from Norauto.

https://www.norauto.pt/p/chave-de-esfer ... galContent
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Re: Cracking C5 spheres needed befoire removal?

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You could always try making your own sphere removal tool;

https://www.frenchcarforum.co.uk/forum/ ... hp?t=21850
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Re: Cracking C5 spheres needed befoire removal?

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aneesh84 wrote:
11 Jul 2021, 15:52

Is the same needed for C5? In the instructions posted for C5, I did not find any reference to such a procedure prior to depressurisation.
Yes, always loosen on high, for the rears anyway. If you don’t its likely the whole strut will spin as you try to undo them.
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Home-made jobbie. Anyone with welding kit could make up one of these for you...
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Form the loop around an old sphere when making it.