rear rotor suggestions/flarenut wrenches

Joshua C smuckycat at
Wed Nov 6 16:04:23 EST 2002

when we did the brakes/lines we first tried a cheaper wrench ( I don't
recall the brand) the wrench kept flexing and rounding the nut.  We then
drove to a mechanic buddy's shop and borrowed his snap-on flare wrench, it
looked heavier and well made, I don't recall if it had any different
recessing but it worked very well.

On the subject of brake lines, My rear steel lines that are fixed against
the body are very rusty, do I need to get OEM or can I get them made, if so
does anyone know a good source?

Joshua Cummings
1991 200 Avant
1973 Alfa GTV coming off the road for the year soon  :(

>From: Phil Rose <pjrose at>
>To: "Joshua C" <smuckycat at>
>CC: 200q20v at
>Subject: Re: rear rotor suggestions/flarenut wrenches
>Date: Wed, 6 Nov 2002 15:28:07 -0500
>>Also when you repalce the lines get a good flare nut wrench, don't screw
>>around with other wrenches or cheap ones.  We had problems with flexing in
>>the wrench head (is it called the box?  I don't know wrench anatomy) until
>>we borrowed a nice heavy one.  The lines were real frozen and if you
>>the connections it will make the job suck.
>The main criticism I have of my own (cheap?) flarenut wrenches is that the
>hex (flats) is significantly recessed (i.e., countersunk) with respect to
>the sides of the wrench. Since a flare nut itself can be somewhat thin (and
>only accessible from one side), these wrenches tend to contact only a
>fraction of the already meager nut thickness. I think this can contribute
>to rounding off the nut.  I wonder if the "good" flarenut wrenches
>eliminate that recessing?
>Phil Rose
>Rochester, NY
>mailto:pjrose at

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