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A bit OT: How can I get a brake hose off?

From : geekboy

Q: hi.. got an 88 suburban. seems the driver side brake hose has gone bad and i am trying to get it off. there almost no space above or below the piece going into the frame to get a wrench on it. i then went ahead and cut the hose off to get at with a socket. turns out the part where you can get a tool on is metric and i stripped the nut part a bit. i tried locking pliers but as usual those are totally worthless and make matters worse. i am now vehiceless until i can fix this thing. thanks .

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From : bob az

i am now vehiceless until i can fix this thing. thanks i had a 87 rv chassis that was probably similar. i would use channel locks to get a grip on things. you might need two pairs. it might be better if you pulled the wheel also. be careful and please block things if you have to pull the wheel. and make sure you have a source for a new brake hose before starting the repair again. bob az .

From : geekboy

i am now vehiceless until i can fix this thing. thanks i had a 87 rv chassis that was probably similar. i would use channel locks to get a grip on things. you might need two pairs. it might be better if you pulled the wheel also. be careful and please block things if you have to pull the wheel. and make sure you have a source for a new brake hose before starting the repair again. thanks for the response bob. i do have two pair of chanel lock pliers. problem is there is not much room to get a grip. from above there are various hoses from a/c power steering etc getting in the way. from below the entire steering box and arms are getting in the way. i did manage to get a small pipe wrench in there but still no room to turn it more than 2 inches. from what direction did you get it in bob az .

From : tom lawrence

from below the entire steering box and arms are getting in the way. i did manage to get a small pipe wrench in there but still no room to turn it more than 2 inches. in situations like that i use my damaged bolt extractor set that i got from sears. heres a set http//www.sears.com/shc/s/p101531260500952060000pmv=rr they have cutting flutes that literally bite into the meat of the bolt head or nut and back it out. they can be turned with a wrench or a socket. in a hard-to-reach place id put a little tape over the head of the extractor then put a socket over that. the tape wedges itself between the extractor and the socket so it wont fall out. then just use an extension on the socket and youre all set. just remember to push hard on this while backing it out so the teeth get a good bite on the nut. .

From : roy

hi.. got an 88 suburban. seems the driver side brake hose has gone bad and i am trying to get it off. there almost no space above or below the piece going into the frame to get a wrench on it. i then went ahead and cut the hose off to get at with a socket. turns out the part where you can get a tool on is metric and i stripped the nut part a bit. i tried locking pliers but as usual those are totally worthless and make matters worse. i am now vehiceless until i can fix this thing. thanks ah lefty loosey righty tighty .

From : geekboy

hi.. got an 88 suburban. seems the driver side brake hose has gone bad and i am trying to get it off. there almost no space above or below the piece going into the frame to get a wrench on it. i then went ahead and cut the hose off to get at with a socket. turns out the part where you can get a tool on is metric and i stripped the nut part a bit. i tried locking pliers but as usual those are totally worthless and make matters worse. i am now vehiceless until i can fix this thing. thanks ah lefty loosey righty tighty been there done that. .

From : tom lawrence

thanks for the suggestion tom but i dont think those will work. i need a deep well socket and those do not look very deep. you cant tell from the picture but these have a hole in the back of them so theyll pass right over a stud. you could then use a regular deep socket to drive them. .

From : geekboy

thanks for the suggestion tom but i dont think those will work. i need a deep well socket and those do not look very deep. you cant tell from the picture but these have a hole in the back of them so theyll pass right over a stud. you could then use a regular deep socket to drive them. thanks for letting me know that..i will try to get over to sears and get one .

From : geekboy

from below the entire steering box and arms are getting in the way. i did manage to get a small pipe wrench in there but still no room to turn it more than 2 inches. in situations like that i use my damaged bolt extractor set that i got from sears. heres a set http//www.sears.com/shc/s/p101531260500952060000pmv=rr they have cutting flutes that literally bite into the meat of the bolt head or nut and back it out. they can be turned with a wrench or a socket. in a hard-to-reach place id put a little tape over the head of the extractor then put a socket over that. the tape wedges itself between the extractor and the socket so it wont fall out. then just use an extension on the socket and youre all set. just remember to push hard on this while backing it out so the teeth get a good bite on the nut. thanks for the suggestion tom but i dont think those will work. i need a deep well socket and those do not look very deep. however there is these http//www.sears.com/shc/s/p101531260500952165000p people have seem to given them low rating due to bad quality an dno guarantee. .