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Own a Bosch Exxcel 1400/1200 Express. Cannot remove the pump cap in order to remove loose debris from inside the pump. If I break this in trying to remove it, is there a spare part I can order?

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Yes, the cap is available for purchase - just saw one on a website for £7.85.  But you don't need to break it, read on...
Best done on a warm machine but it was freezing cold when I eventually succeeded as follows: Similar to above, spray threads with lots of WD40 /liquid wrench type spray -- although its impact will likely be negligible, it reduces the risk of snapping the cap somewhat. Then use a good quality pair of long handled, adjustable "Water pump pliers" (like this: http://images.google.co.uk/images?um=1&hl=en&q=Water+pump++pliers&btnG=Search+images ). Get pair that provide several grooves that allow you to set the minimum gap allowed. I bought a pair 25 years ago, German made, they have undone numerous things (cars, plumbing, household) where nothing else came close. This is the best tool in the world - period. So don't skimp, get a good pair (not those floppy loose screw types), with flat parallel jaws (a notch for nuts in both jaws is fine). Set the gap on the tool close to the width of the hande/spine of the cap. Carefully place the jaws along the plastic "handle"/spine of the cap and slowly turn, be careful to maintain a firm but not excessive grip -- use the leverage of the long handles if you are not terribly strong. Magnifico! (Found: a plastic clothes label tag & much blue powder/limescale around it). After cleaning, lightly lube the threads with WD40 type spray and reassemble, not too tight - use hand tightness only if you can. Then follow the machine instructions (1 litre of water in chamber II & run the "Drain"-cycle) to flush the pump. Done!

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