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Old 08-22-2003, 12:33 PM   #1
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Question car in air/SS brake line install ? help?

so my 99 legacy is currently in the air, and i am trying to install new SS brake lines. the job looks easy enough, problem being i bought the special 10 mm flair wrench to keep from stripping the bolt...

well it is stripping anyway...

i am currently soaking the nut and threads with WD40 while i wait for some ideas of what to do..

please help.
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Old 08-22-2003, 02:57 PM   #2
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anyone???/

i am still looking for help!!!
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Old 08-22-2003, 03:18 PM   #3
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heat it up or use vice grips
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Old 08-22-2003, 04:03 PM   #4
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use a set of vise grips since you are replacing the lines ... the only reason for the flarenut wrench is if you are not replacing the lines
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Old 08-22-2003, 06:34 PM   #5
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use a set of vise grips since you are replacing the lines ... the only reason for the flarenut wrench is if you are not replacing the lines
The nut is part of the hard line and doesn't get replaced even if you put new SS lines on.

I just did the lines on my car this past weekend and I was lucky enough to break them free with a flare nut wrench. I think like others have said that vice grips are your only option now.
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Old 08-22-2003, 07:42 PM   #6
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wheeldog, you are correct, this is the the nut that i am stripping is the one on the hard line, and therefor does not get replaced. i worked on both of the fronts and could not get them off with the flair wrench. i even tried using a vice grip to hold the flair wrench to the bolt, and it still slipped. when trying a vice wrench, i also got slippage, now i am sure i can tighten it down enough to not get the slippage, but...

i am still looking for more ideas.... if i ruin the nut can i replace it somehow?

i have put the car back down for now and just did a brake line bleeding.
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Old 08-23-2003, 01:16 PM   #7
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anyone else have a similar experience and found a way to get the job done?
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Old 08-23-2003, 10:38 PM   #8
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I've seen some threads recently where people had the same problem. If I remember correctly, there is a way to cut the hard line and put an extension and new flare nut on it. But it would probably need to be done by an experienced brake shop. If you can tighten it enough with vice grips to get it to a shop, they can probably repair it for not too much $.

Do a search for "brake line install" in this forum and some of those threads should turn up from the last 2-3 months.

I just did my SS line install today. I've seen a lot of other people having this problem, so I bought a bottle of liquid wrench and soaked the nut for about 10 minutes before attempting to remove it with the flare nut wrench - it came off easily.

Good luck with it.
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Old 08-24-2003, 06:48 PM   #9
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I've seen a lot of other people having this problem, so I bought a bottle of liquid wrench and soaked the nut for about 10 minutes before attempting to remove it with the flare nut wrench - it came off easily.

Good luck with it.
yeah it would work a lot better if the nut was the other side up, then the liquid wrench that i squirted on it, would actaully soak into the threads.

maybe i'll call a brake shop, and see what they can do. thanks
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