[s-cars] rusty brake line connections

Huw Powell audi at humanspeakers.com
Mon Jan 26 11:24:35 PST 2009

I was just doing some crummy old lines on the rear axle of my truck Friday.

Vise grips are the key, in general, although I think I undid one of four 
fittings with a deep socket hammered on after cutting off the old line.

Vise grips render the "rounding off" issue moot, since they "make their 
own" grip surface.  Ones with slightly concave jaws and nice fresh teeth 
work best.

Joshua van Tol wrote:
> There's a special vise-grip pliers that's ideally suited to this:
> http://www.irwin.com/irwin/consumer/jhtml/detail.jhtml? 
> prodId=IrwinProd100328
> The small and medium sizes work well on brake lines, without  
> excessively distorting the fitting.
> While I'm extolling the virtues of vise-grips, everyone should own at  
> least one of these:
> (locking chain pliers)
> http://www.irwin.com/irwin/consumer/jhtml/detail.jhtml? 
> prodId=IrwinProd100322
> They're really handy when you need to hold a pulley stationary,  
> although you should protect the pulley surface with an old piece of  
> the appropriate belt to prevent marring.
> On Jan 23, 2009, at 12:17 PM, George wrote:
>> Another approach, which I use almost all the time now, is to soak with
>> penetrating oil, and avoid standard open ended wrenches and go  
>> directly to a
>> set of vise grips. A needle nose vise grip on the receiver fitting  
>> and a
>> standard vice grip on the hose fitting pretty much assures a clean  
>> break
>> without rounding over the fittings, or your knuckles.......
>> George Sidman
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Huw Powell



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