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smurf182
PostPosted: Mon May 18, 2015 4:24 pm 
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Its me again, :lol:, failed the MOT on all 4 brake hoses, lines were all ok with no corrosion, so not the end of the world, anyway, ive ordered the hoses, are they a pretty straight forward job?, remembering on that the car is now 16yrs old and never had this done before, so there is no doubt any amount of muck and dust clinging onto the joints for dear life....
Any tips or pointers of things to watch out for?


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HughieW
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Just be careful undoing the union nuts - they're only 10mm and you'll have to use either a proper union spanner or an open-ended spanner, which are likely to round the nuts off! If you round them off, the only way of replacing them is to cut the lines, in which case you'll need a brake line flaring tool kit and new unions, and it's a huge faff on the car!!

Get some union spanners if you can - and make sure you get 6 pointed ones, not 12 pointed! Search "brake line spanner" on ebay :thumbleft:

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smurf182
PostPosted: Tue May 19, 2015 2:42 pm 
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cheers Hughie, i managed to pick up a union spanner from my local motor factors, but before i start, ive got the holding clip removed from the top end, below the union, but the hose doesnt seem to be very 'free' to pass down through, do i just need to give it a good wiggle to get rid of time accumulated debris then pull it down through?
i know that might seem obvious, but id rather ask a daft question than bugger it up :roll:
Thanks for the tip 8)


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HughieW
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Exactly that - dirt and grime will be holding it in, just give it a damn good wiggle and it'll free itself up :thumbleft:

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smurf182
PostPosted: Tue May 19, 2015 2:51 pm 
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Excellent stuff, well the hail has decided to move on, second cv boot here i come, then its brake hose time......
Thanks again 8)


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smurf182
PostPosted: Tue May 19, 2015 7:59 pm 
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Having an absolute nightmare with these brake lines....... :evil:
Ordered all 4 new brake lines, the front two were the MOT fail, corroded rubber hoses, and one rear was an advisory.
the front two arrived today, happy as i only ordered them yesterday from keep_driving on ebay, got the hoses off no problem with the flare spanner which i have, and a little advice from Hughie :D, about getting the hoses free.
turns out that althought the break lines are the right shape, but due to shoddy attention to detail regarding tolerances, they dont actually fit, the locating lug on the hose, is the wrong size and shape to allow both the lug to fit and banjo bolt to sit correctly.....where the union joint is the hose doesnt fit through the locating hole because the joint is waaaayy to big to pass through, and then to top it off the offside caliper is stuck solid, absolutely solid, i wont tell how i managed to get the outer brake pad out, but i did in the end........
so tomorrow it looks like a trip to eurocarparts for new hoses.......


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Marc S
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Don't bother with ecp...try cpa online ;)

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smurf182
PostPosted: Tue May 19, 2015 8:17 pm 
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cheers Marc, ill give them a look :D

EDIT, just had a look, seems like hoses are the one thing they dont stock....bugger


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For those in the future doing this I find it easier to "break" the seal of the upper lines
with a pair of lock jaw / multi grip pliers as the even the correct flare spanner can
round off the fitting as they can be seized solid !

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