Originally Posted by The Silver Gorilla
Well i have a socket in my toolbox that fits bit iv put alot of elbow grease in it!! any issue with not running one?
Yeah you need that O2 sensor in there and hooked up. The engine will run really rich and your mpg's will go down, exhaust gasses will be hotter and you'll burn out the CAT faster. Also, it's not good for the environment lol.
I say don't try to fix it unless you're an electrician/wiring expert and have access to pin-pullers and extractors and also a new cannon-plug pin. It's not that expensive to replace, and you'll have piece of mind knowing you'll probably never have to pull it out again. Do it once, do it right, there'll always be $ for beer for something else you can cheap-out on.
If you -really- can't get it out... replace the downpipe lol. Two bolts up at the manifold and a 4-bolt flange at the CAT and it falls down. But keep spraying and soaking the sensor, it will eventually get loose. I use this penetrant called Aero-Kroil, it will get down into a hole 1-Millionth of an inch, plus it blows away rust. It's expensive but so much more better than PB-Blast IMO, (and it smells better