fuel and brake lines

bob terwilliger jitsu303 at yahoo.com
Sat Apr 28 12:21:33 EDT 2007

You can do it yourself with the hand-operated flaring tool, a tubing bender and alot of patience.  The compression fittings do work but I personally wouldn't use them for brake lines..fine in a pinch for the short term but if you are going to be in there anyway--might as well do it right the first time.  I've used compression fittings for fuel lines when there has been no room to use a flaring tool with no problems...but again it would be better to replace the entire line with as few joins as possible to be safe.
  You'll need to make double flares and/or bubble flares.  My tubing of choice is from NAPA as they have a PVL coated line..like OE..will last longer than bare lines...avail in 20 foot rolls for a decent price as well.  I also cover any joins with heat-shrink tubing-- after I've tested for leaks--just to keet the fitting from corroding in case I need to open it up again in the future. (Slide the heat shrink on and position down the line before you make the join then slide over the join and shrink after you've tested for leaks)

Kent McLean <kentmclean at comcast.net> wrote:
  I got the bad new regarding my new-to-me 200 20V Avant. Among other maladies
preventing it from passing a state safety inspection are the metal brake and
fuel lines that run under the car. (Gotta love salted roads.)

I've been told the fuel line is NLA. My first thought was to run new fuel lines
in a couple of pieces, for ease of installation. The tech says metal fuel lines
spliced with rubber hose won't pass inspection, and will probably leak in a few
months. My second thought was to use compression fittings to join the lines.
Doable? Good idea? Bad idea?

The brake lines I think need to be one piece (true?). I haven't priced OEM
pieces. Has anyone made their own, using straight pipe from the FLAPS, bent into
shape and flared at the ends? Single flare or double? Can compression fittings
hold up to the much higher pressure of the brake line?

(Anyone want to buy a 200 TQA, cheap? :)

Kent McLean
'91 200 TQA, no name yet
'94 100S Avant, "Moody"
'89 200 TQ, "Bad Puppy" up in smoke
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