I need some help with a few jobs I'm attempting on my '89 GT. I got stuck to the point of pulling hair last week so I'm hoping someone who has maybe done these jobs before can help.
Last time I tried this I managed to get to the point of removing the upper rad hose, and then I got stuck. My ratchet doesn't fit in the tiny space I'd have to loosen the thermostat housing bolts, and I can't put a wrench on them because there's a small metal lip on the edge of the housing which prevents this. How in the heck can I get the housing off? I already removed the air cleaner housing for easier access, but it looks like I'd have to remove the distributor assembly, which I'd rather not do and I'm sure there has to be an easier way.
I've located the filter fine and have no issues about removing and replacing it, however I have no idea how to depressurize the fuel system. I've found the fuel pump cutoff switch in the cargo area, but the plug that goes into the bottom of it is practically soddered on; I can't remove it. I've also had no luck finding the fuse panel so that I could pull the fuse on the fuel pump. I've tried googling it and only found eeither wiring diagrams (I have the Hayne's one already) or incorrect information.
Rear Hatch Release/Latch
I can't open my rear hatch. I disconnected the rod that clips onto the lock cylinder and the cylinder does turn with the key I have, however when the rod is connected it doesn't move at all. Maybe a dousing of WD-40 will do it? I do have a power hatch release on it but it doesn't seem to work. When trying to disconnect the inertia switch as mentioned above I also noticed another plug back there that isn't plugged into anything, is it possible that it's the plug for the hatch release?
Thanks in advance to anyone that can help. I'd really like to avoid having to go to a shop if I can. I have a digital camera and can post pictures if anybody has no idea what I'm talking about