Screws holding charcoal canister will not come out (just spin).

Asked by Apr 18, 2017 at 02:02 PM about the 2009 MINI Cooper Base

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Changing the DTML pump. I’m trying to remove the two 6mm allen screws that
hold the evaporative charcoal canister. The screws will rotate, with some
resistance and then “thump” into position after rotating exactly 90°. It acts like
there is a square nylon nut that is rotating along with the screw. I cannot see or
feel the nut so I can’t hold it from turning. Has anyone encountered this and
know a solution?

1 Answer

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I would use vise grips to turn and pull at the same time.

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