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bammax

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PostSubject: Help before I do something stupid   Thu Jul 01, 2010 3:24 pm

So the front brake line fitting is pretty much stripped at the master cylinder. I can get an open end wrench on it and it takes alot of torque before it starts to strip, so I know there's still hope. I just can't seem to break it loose and every other wrench I have doesn't bite at all. The tubing wrench actually starts to open up a little before it spins and it doesn't hold much torque at all, hence the switch to a heavy duty box wrench (for those who would yell at me for using the wrong wrench)

I already sprayed the heck out of it with pb blaster a few times and nothing happened.

I can't just cut off the fitting and put on a new one because there's not enough slack in the line to reach comfortably after it gets cut down a bit.

It would be very difficult to replace the whole section of line since the metering block is rusted to heck and the line feels even worse down there.

scratch Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated confused
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PostSubject: Re: Help before I do something stupid   Thu Jul 01, 2010 3:30 pm

Are you going to own it long enough to need to touch it again? - Figure a way to soak it in PB overnight...perhaps wrap some shipping tape loose around it, seal the ends and fill with PB... Then - Visegrip

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PostSubject: Re: Help before I do something stupid   Thu Jul 01, 2010 3:37 pm

Get a torch and heat it and try to get it out like that?
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PostSubject: Re: Help before I do something stupid   Thu Jul 01, 2010 3:47 pm

Cadet57 wrote:
Get a torch and heat it and try to get it out like that?

Don't have a torch

I may try the vice-grip technique, as soon as I manage to buy some Laughing

There's supposed to be a pair that is bent just right so that it grabs multiple sides of a bolt head at the same time. I'm going to try and find a set of those and see what happens. Here's the link for what I'm thinking of locking wrench
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PostSubject: Re: Help before I do something stupid   Thu Jul 01, 2010 8:50 pm

I usually swear at stuff like that.
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PostSubject: Re: Help before I do something stupid   Tue Jul 27, 2010 11:17 pm

Just an update. I boughtth the locking wrench from the link in 2 different sizes. I bought the 4lw (small) which was rated at the right size for the fitting I was tackling, and the 7lw (medium) just in case. Plus the price for both got me free shipping so I basically got the second wrench for like $5.

The correct size 4lw started to strip the fitting further. The larger wrench locked on and broke it free in under a minute. The best part is once the fitting broke loose I could use a standard wrench on it as if there was never a problem. Best investment I've made in tools since my aluminum floor jack.
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PostSubject: Re: Help before I do something stupid   Wed Jul 28, 2010 10:29 pm

bammax wrote:
...... Best investment I've made in tools since my aluminum floor jack.

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Thank you Mr. round headed 3 side grabbing wrench designer


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