[Biturbos4] Fun with flare fittings

Mark Rosenkrantz speedracer.mark at gmail.com
Sun Aug 2 18:03:29 PDT 2009

First, WD-40 isn't a penetrating lubricant, like Kroil, or Freeze-Off, etc.
Much better solutions than WD-40.

Second, once they get frozen, vice grips are the tools of choice.

Mark Rosenkrantz

On Sun, Aug 2, 2009 at 8:28 PM, Chris Newbold <chris at newbold.org> wrote:

> I'm looking for some good BTDT advice for dealing with frozen brake
> flare fittings... I went to swap out the four rubber hoses at the rear
> of the S4 with some SS lines while flushing the fluid today. On the
> first side I attempted, two of the three flare fittings wouldn't
> budge, the third came loose without much effort. Being mindful of how
> soft these things are, I applied an excess of WD40 to one, waited and
> then prompted rounded it off. Game over for today, as this one was to
> the hard line on the body--not really something that can be replaced
> easily. And yes, I am using a flare wrench.
> I'm tempted to break out the vice grips, which I'm sure will let me
> open these up but will certainly trash the fittings in the process.
> What "should" I be doing...??
> -Chris
> 2001.5 S4 Avant 6spd
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