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Old 04-15-2009, 06:14 PM   #1
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Default help with brake line replacement

I need to remove the front driver's side brake line to replace it. Can anyone tell me what tool works to remove it from the master cylinder? It seems as though there is not enough room to get a wrench in there to loosen it. Also, is there any other warnings/advice when doing this job. I would just be replacing the brake hose, but I can't get it to separate from the brake line. It won't budge no matter what I seem to do and the nut is rounding off despite my getting the proper wrenches for the job. Thanks.

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Old 04-15-2009, 06:45 PM   #2
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I forgot to include that it is a 2001 Saturn SL1

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Old 04-15-2009, 08:36 PM   #3
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Default Re: help with brake line replacement

You need these:https://realcashsavings.com/pimages/L11225202.jpg

Anything else will round the bolts.

You need a 14 or 12mm for the master cylinder side. Yes it will fit but its a slow process bc there is not alot of room.

I forget the size of the wheel end. However, the wheel end should break free. PB Blaster is your friend.

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Old 04-16-2009, 02:17 AM   #4
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Since a pic won't help with a search, what you need is (use these phrases) a "line wrench" or "flare nut wrench".

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Old 04-16-2009, 06:34 AM   #5
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Once you have decided to trash the line, look at cutting it off as close to the fitting as possible with a hack saw blade.
Then you can slide a socket or deep socket over the fitting. There is usually room to get a breaker bar into the socket, if not the ratchet.

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Old 04-16-2009, 09:24 PM   #6
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I use a vice grips OVER the wrench (to prevent the flare nut wrench from opening up) and even with my cheap Harbor Freight set I don't round the edges of the flare nut.

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