[Biturbos4] Fun with flare fittings

mike mikemk40 at yahoo.com
Mon Aug 3 12:49:16 PDT 2009

vice grips is the way to go. Rock it forward and back until it comes free, lots of tapping with a hammer will help and reduce the chances of twisting the pipe off if the nut is also stuck to the pipe

--- On Mon, 3/8/09, Chris Newbold <chris at newbold.org> wrote:

> From: Chris Newbold <chris at newbold.org>
> Subject: [Biturbos4] Fun with flare fittings
> To: "Bi-Turbo Audi S4 Audi Fan Group" <biturbos4 at audifans.com>
> Date: Monday, 3 August, 2009, 1:28 AM
> 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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