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FlexForce Line wrench?

Anyone had success using this tool getting frozen, rounded corner brake line fittings off?

Not my SS, my 67 Camaro...but same kind of hard line brake fitting

Liquid wrench, PB, torch and this fitting won't budge. No visible signs of rust

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Not seen those Snapon wrenches before so can't say how well they work. If the fittings are chewed up, I've just used vice grips with good results.

Another tool to check out if you've not seen them before are these....


Pretty cool tool and I like they grip all 6 sides of the fitting.

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BALLSS hold your Pay Pal. Those are metric wrenches. I didn't find them in SAE.

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Since you're replacing the line due to that fubar'd nut, just cut the line at the fitting, and use a socket. it will come right out. BTDT, many, many times.
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BALLSS hold your Pay Pal. Those are metric wrenches. I didn't find them in SAE.

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They are both SAE/Metric. The hex head compresses for either 7/16 or 11 mm for example.

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Since you're replacing the line due to that fubar'd nut, just cut the line at the fitting, and use a socket. it will come right out. BTDT, many, many times.
The fitting I have "massaged" back to hex using a small file. I can cut/splice on a new section of line but prefer not to splice

My 7/16 flare wrench is to sloppy and 3/8 won't fit. 11mm does but I don't have a 11 mm flare.

There are hex jawed vice grips also made for this but access is not good for vice grip.

I need a more force=more compression tool like the Flex Force.

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They are both SAE/Metric. The hex head compresses for either 7/16 or 11 mm for example.
I didn't see that anywhere but if you say so. They do look to be a pretty good tool. Mark likes tools. In my best Mongo voice.

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I like tools to :-)

Pic of tool is crappy but it says right on the handle the SAE & Metric size.

I could buy a 11mm flare wrench but if it does not fit skin tight it will round off the nut just like the 7/16 SAE.

the more force you apply, the tighter this tool clamps

Problem with PB Blast is this fitting faces down so it is tough to get the fluid to "weep" up. It's location is also tight. Not as bad as the Impala where in the words of Bill Harper on installing the 5th brake line...."remove body, install line"...

I already replaced the soft lines up front on the Camaro. Vice Grips worked fine as there was access to get them on solid. This rear line above axle housing is a PIA. Rust is not a issue on this car. 51 year old fittings are.

Sucks to pay $65 to swap out a $15 brake hose but buying the fittings, flare tool to splice would cost something. Tough to use a flare tool in there and I really don't want a spliced brake line

Just curious if anyone used this tool before

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BALLSS, I can understand your frustration. How about trying to heat the the fitting, not the line fitting, but the one it's screwed into. Just enough to expand it. Then spray the PB on it. While it's still warm tap it with a hammer to help the PB creep. Getting both fitting's heated only expands them the same. It's just an idea. Hope this helps. Best of luck Bud.

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BALLSS, I can understand your frustration. How about trying to heat the the fitting, not the line fitting, but the one it's screwed into. Just enough to expand it. Then spray the PB on it. While it's still warm tap it with a hammer to help the PB creep. Getting both fitting's heated only expands them the same. It's just an idea. Hope this helps. Best of luck Bud.

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Did exactly that.....3 times. I need a wrench that will not slip so I can apply the leverage needed. Even with such a wrench I likely need the torch while using.

The line is likely frozen to the flare as are the threads from fitting to hose so I will have to "nurse" this while taking baby steps in turning the fitting

51 year old connection is just being very hard on this one line and of course it is the line that has limited access

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It was just a thought. If it were me, I think I would break out the BFH and prepare to replace it all. As you have said several times, 51 year old car. Those lines may need to be retired anyway. And too, your eyes are way better than mine. All I could see was a blur on the handles.
Good luck my Friend. You're one of the members that I look to for the straight poop on these cars.

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