[T3] Brake Line

Jim Adney jadney at vwtype3.org
Thu Oct 25 17:51:33 PDT 2018

On 25 Oct 2018 at 22:25, J. Jonik wrote:

> '71 Sqbk.  
>   While replacing the leaky driver side rear brake cylinder with a brand new (and inexpensive) one, the fuel line tube broke just at the attachment nut.   
>   Did plenty of Liquid Wrench to prevent that, but...maybe didn't let it soak for a few days.
>    Since so little twisted off, is there any chance of extracting the bit of broken brake line from the attachment nut...and re-inserting the nicely finished brake line tip?     Brake line will be just over half an inch shorter, but line will easily reach.
>   If such a fix is possible, how to make the "mushroom" tip?

Now you've demonstrated why I always advise people to just hone and 
rebuild those cylinders ON the car. It's much less hassle and cheaper in the 
long run.

You'll find that the rest of the line is too rusted and brittle to rebend and flare. 
You'd have to buy or rent a flaring tool to make a new end, and not all such 
tools will make the correct bubble flare, plus, if you succeeded, the rusty 
outside of the old line would not be smooth enough to ever seal.

> Or...is there no option but to find a new brake line for driver side rear brakes?

Just go to your FLAPS and buy a replacement in a length that's long 

Jim Adney, jadney at vwtype3.org
Madison, Wisconsin, USA

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