I want to remove the abs/brake pump unit from my XJ12. It's not broken, but I have to remove the mount that is holding it because I want to clean and derust that whole area. Probably some brake fluid leaked long time ago and detached part of the paint leaving some blank metal and rust. I first tried to leave it in place while cleaning up, but that doesn't work out, it's too narrow there, even if I'd manage to remove the mount without disconnecting and removing the pump I'll probably cause more damage than I am trying to fix and the unit will always be in the way.
According to the repair manual, one should first remove the clip at the low pressure hose then secure the low pressure hose with a pipe clamp and finally disconnect the low pressure hose from the unit, then disconnect the high pressure hose and the connectors. I tried to do so, but the hose sits tight and doesn't move out, actually I also don't get what that clip really holds there, it could be only that elbow piece, not the hose itself - or are hose and elbow piece one unit? Another idea was to disconnect the low pressure hose from the low pressure pipe, but that's almost the lowest position in the line and will probably cause a lot of fluid to spill.
I have seen several spare parts on offer, all of these had the hoses simply cut off - probably the quickest way to get it off but it will require replacement and once it's through, it's through, no way to keep any fluid back.
What do you think?