[Biturbos4] Fun with flare fittings - my writeup if you care

Grant Lenahan glenahan at vfemail.net
Tue Aug 4 18:22:10 PDT 2009

Here's the link. Search for "grant" its on flexible brake fittings.


On Aug 3, 2009, at 8:03 AM, Grant Lenahan wrote:

> This has been discussed to death, but not all line wrenches are  
> equal. The best ones drive the flats. They make all the difference.
> Once i damaged mine, vice grips were no use. I cut it off with a  
> sawzall and made a new metal line. What a PITA. I have two write- 
> ups on this on AudiWorld - you'll have to search the tech articles.
> Grant
> On Aug 2, 2009, at 8:28 PM, Chris Newbold 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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> Grant Lenahan
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Grant Lenahan
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