When it comes to your car’s brake lines or fuel lines, it’s usually wise to leave the work to the professionals – these vital systems can cause a catastrophic failure in the car if not maintained properly, with the correct tools and instruments.
With this in mind, it is possible to work effectively with these components of your car using brake line tools, provided you have the experience and knowledge necessary to do so safely. These brake line tools make it possible to safely and effectively install brake lines, remove and replace them, fit brake lines securely, and carry out similar work on fuel lines.
Brake line and fuel line work is a challenge to many mechanics, both amateur and professional. Without proper brake line tools, it can be impossible to do safely, but with these specialised, tailor-made tools in hand, it becomes a breeze!
What are Brake Line Tools?
Brake line tools are specially-designed mechanic’s tools built to make work on brake lines simpler and safer. The construction and function of car brake lines means that it is very difficult to work on them without special tools, and impossible to safely make changes to the hoses without appropriate equipment. However, with these specialist tools, a range of tasks can be safely and effectively carried out.
What Sorts of Brake Line Tools Are There?
As brake line tools are needed for a range of tasks, several types have been designed to achieve different effects. These include:
Brake Line Flaring Tools
Where a brake line or fuel line is too narrow to effectively fit onto its connection, or when it must be combined with a wider line without any sudden width changes, a flaring tool is used to widen it.
By evenly stretching out the end of a fuel line or brake line, the hose can have its diameter increased, and can even experience this increase over a length of the hose to prevent sudden flaring. Without flaring tools, a mechanic will not be able to ensure a watertight connection between the hose and its connectors, risking mechanical failure when the fuel line or brake line inevitably comes disconnected.
Brake Hose Skiving Tools
A “skiving” tool is one which can evenly slice away tiny amounts of the outer casing of a hose, reducing the diameter of the fitting so that it can fit perfectly with a container that was previously too small for it. As opposed to flaring, which increases the interior diameter of the hose, skiving reduces the exterior diameter of the hose, providing a watertight fit while protecting the interior hose quality.
Brake Line Cutting Tools
When you need to cut a brake line to length, it is best to use a proper cutting tool – attempting to cut a brake line with an improvised implement, like a knife of clipper tool, could result in a ragged edge in rubber brake line hose, or prove completely impossible in the case of steel braided brake lines. Even if a braided steel brake line hose is cut successfully, it may be damaged in the attempt – unless a proper brake line cutting tool is used. Brake line cutting tools are able to precisely and neatly cut through brake lines, preventing a risk of damage.
Tube Bending/Straightening Brake Line Tools
Some brake lines and fuel lines aren’t flexible hoses, but act as pipes instead. As these pipes often can’t be bent by hand, it is important to use a tool to help reshape them where necessary, to make them fit the work being done or improve their fit within the vehicle. Using the correct tube bending/straightening tools, these otherwise recalcitrant pipes can be shaped however you need!
It is sometimes the case that a tube must be cut to length to fit perfectly in its intended role, or shortened to meet new requirements. In this cast, you should employ a tube cutter, which can slice neatly through the tube in question. This is a different tool from the brake hose cutting tools mentioned above, as those are intended for flexible hoses, and these tube cutters are optimised for use against solid pipes.
Specialist Fuel Line Tools
Brake lines and fuel lines are built differently, and must face up to different forces in the course of their everyday operations. The tools used for brake lines may not be suitable for use with fuel lines and vice versa – that’s why there’s a dedicated set of fuel line tools which you can use on your fuel lines for optimum results!
Get in Touch with BrakeQuip Today!
For more information on brake line tools and the uses of each of these tools in working with brake lines and fuel lines, contact BrakeQuip today on their telephone number, 01257220010, or visit their site, linked throughout this blog post! The experts at their head office will be happy to help you find the perfect brake line tools and fuel line tools to suit your needs, whatever your requirements are. They can also process orders or provide quotes for the tools you are interested in.