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My 1999 DOHC I cam at it from underneath the radiator. Use plenty of brake free. Still could not turn the sensor even with O2 socket. Ended up having friend hold a Pipe Wrench in place while I VERY slowly applied pressure with my foot. Do not rush the removal. Did half turn off and 1/4 turn on. Repeated to not damage the threads coming off and replacing new O2
There is no reason to use a sensor socket on removal. Cut the wires off close. A 6 point deep wall socket and breaker bar will turn it. Sensor sockets are not very strong.

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^^^^ Agree 100%

The wire slot in the sensor socket allows the socket to spread out when any significant torque is applied. When I recently replaced the B2S1 sensor on my 05 Tec, I cut the remaining wires off (several were chewed by unknown critters), and used a deep well impact socket with my 1/2" drive 850 ft lb impact driver. Sensor was out in the blink of an eye.
 
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