Brake fittings (conections to front UFO flex hose) frozen,

kneale at kneale at
Mon Jan 12 16:12:53 PST 2009

So he's supposed to wait until a sudden stop blows out a brake hose and
then try to fix it on the side of the road?  Unless, of course, he runs
into something.

My current policy is to replace all four flex lines every time I do a
timing belt.

Original Message:
From: Bernie Benz b.benz at
Date: Mon, 12 Jan 2009 07:12:16 -0800
To: alancordeiro at, 200q20v at
Subject: Re: Brake fittings (conections to front UFO flex hose) frozen,

Why are you trying to break this connection, leaking flex line? If  
not leaking, don’t fix it!


On Jan 11, 2009, at 10:25 PM, <alancordeiro at> wrote:

> I spent a frustrating two days waiting for penetrating fluid to do  
> its work, but as of tonight, I have still not succeeded in  
> separating either of the two fixed lines from the flexible rubber  
> hose on the driver's front wheel.
> After jacking up the car, I pre treated the fittings with liquid  
> wrench and waited a few hours before attempting to open. When they  
> would not budge, I kept adding the penetrating fluid spray and  
> waited overnight to try again. as of this afternoon and evening, I  
> have only manager to round off the upper nut, and partially round  
> off the lower nut, with my 11 mm flare wrench. I even used a  
> vicegrip on the upper nut, but they both seem to be welded to the  
> intermediate flex hose. Besides Liquid wrench, I also used PB  
> Blaster, and as small amount of heat.
> I have put back the wheel and parked the car outside....awaiting  
> some BTDT advice from this group, thanks.
> (Patient is a '91 200q with the original hose and UFO calipers, I  
> believe the fittings have never been opened since they were  
> assembled at the factory, unless the previous owner did them in the  
> first seven years and 100k.)
> Alan Cordeiro
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