Thank you. I spent two hours trying to get that bolt off today and rounded it out. I was thinking of getting an 8mm extractor socket. Mine says 8mm on the 6.0 powerstroke. Seemed like I could never get the right angle to make the universal joint work either and I was scared I would break it. What do you think about me trying a extractor socket or just bite the bullet and have the dealership do it?I agree with all of the above, I just changed mine two weeks ago.
My '02 died on me at idle 4 times over about a two month period, so I figured it was trying to tell me something.
I had earlier purchased the new CPS from Powerstroke.com and put together an emergency kit with all the recommended tools (posted on this site) to do a field change out.
I had a long trip scheduled across the desert so decided to change at home before the trip which I am very glad I did. I got out my kit which included a 1/4" ratchet with 10mm 6 point socket and I thought it would be a breeze....WRONG! It didn't take me long to break the Craftsman 1/4" 6pt socket at 3 points.
I next used a Snap-On 3/8" braker bar with a 6 point and it was still very hard to break loose. Once I broke it loose with the "snap" as described above (I thought I broke the bolt which would be a VERY bad thing) the bolt came right out.
Next problem I had was prying the CPS out of the block. I had the recommended pry bar and flat blade screw driver as recommended in my emergency CPS kit and I could not get either under the CPS.
I finally took a pair of Channel Locks and very gently twisted the CPS back and forth with as much movement as clearance allowed while applying an outward force. I was able to move it out enough to get a small pry bar under it and by alternating sides and was able to free it. It seemed to be cocking unless I alternated sides. Once the O-ring was clear the CPS came right out.
The instructions posted on this forum suggest using anti-sieze on the bolt on the reinstall...now I see why. The next change will be a piece of cake because of the anti-seize.
When the 1/4" socket bolt broke the socket flexed outward and slipped which rounded the points on the bolt so I went to Ford and got some new bolts, they come in a four pack so I threw the extras in my road kit along with another new CPS. Would you believe I had to order those bolts! My Ford dealer did not stock them, but they came in the next day for under a buck a piece.
Good luck...just don't break that bolt! I don't know how you would be able to extract it if it broke...you would probably have to take the radiator etc. out to get a straight shot at it.