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Removing sensor, got out past o-ring stuck on metal part of sensor. Tried vise grips and prying, nothing works? Not sure what to try next?

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With the sensor out as far as you can get it and continually spray cleaner on it and work it back and forth until it comes out.sounds like it has a build up on it that is not allowing you to pull it out until the build up is removed.

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