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Offline Agent47

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Brake master cylinder
« on: April 17, 2014, 01:50:52 pm »
Has anyone got any tips for removing the bolts in the master cylinder? One came off easy, the other 2 aren't budging and are getting close to being rounded off.
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Re: Brake master cylinder
« Reply #1 on: April 22, 2014, 09:48:02 am »
do you mean the brake pipe bolts?  Are you using a proper brake pipe spanner?

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Re: Brake master cylinder
« Reply #2 on: April 22, 2014, 11:53:52 am »
Yeah, used a proper brake line spanner, and 2 different 11mm spanners. One released with no fuss, and after numerous sprays with all sorts of penetrating/releasing fluids I have 1 nicely rounded off bolt and 1 on the way to being rounded. Pissed off and stuck with looking at my g instead of using it now.

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Re: Brake master cylinder
« Reply #3 on: April 23, 2014, 09:42:35 am »
I'm not sure there's much you can do other than get a pair of mole grips on them and then replace that section of brake pipe with new fittings :(

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Re: Brake master cylinder
« Reply #4 on: April 23, 2014, 10:45:30 am »
That's what I figured, even though even with mole grips I haven't managed to get them out. Might just be me being a girl pants but even on the tightest setting I haven't been able to undo them. Beginning to think I may have to cut the lines and either reflare the ends and hope there's enough line left to still reach the cylinder or get new lines all together. Fitting bigger brakes has become a bigger headache than reshelling it ever was!  >:(

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Re: Brake master cylinder
« Reply #5 on: April 23, 2014, 10:50:22 am »
fit new lines.  saw close to the fitting and whack a socket on.

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Re: Brake master cylinder
« Reply #6 on: April 23, 2014, 01:51:12 pm »
Is it easy to do? Dnt really fancy doing on my gravel drive, especially the length of the car line to the rear.

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Re: Brake master cylinder
« Reply #7 on: April 25, 2014, 09:37:42 am »
It's not hard if you have a decent flaring tool, try to borrow one if you can (any mechanic friends or anything?).  You can buy cheap ones but I find them very hit & miss.


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Re: Brake master cylinder
« Reply #8 on: April 25, 2014, 10:54:52 am »
I thought i'd got every tool i'd ever need after having to reshell the whole thing. Obviously wrong! For now i've decided to go with the Golf specialist at the end of the road, but he can't look at it until the 6th of May. Tbh I can't justify blocking the drive to my housemate and landlord and i've already spent/wasted too much money trying to these brakes myself that I just want them sorted. Dnt want another summer without driving my g. Thanks for the advice though.