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Old 09-07-2004, 08:06   #1 (permalink)
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Flaring Brake Lines -- Odd Shape?

I recently attempted to replace the Load Sending Proportioning Valve in teh rear of a 1994 Taurus sedan. Unfortunately, my brake lines are badle rusted, and chose to "Twist Off" and break rather than "unthread" out. I tried replacing the lines with those from a local parts store, but the fittings are different. Metric? So I re-used the original fittings from the busted-off brake lines. But I still have a problem with them leaking. I think it's because I am using a double-flaring tool, and the original flares (from Ford) are different. They are not 45°. Their flares are shaped more like a "dome."

How can I achieve this style of flare?
Does someone sell a tool?
Does FORD (or any aftermarket company) sell replacement brake lines that are pre-bent with the correct fittings??

Thanks in advance.
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The flare that you speak of is called a bubble flare. You can either buy a bubble flare kit from any tool company or your local parts store should sell 45º to Bubble flare adapters to go either way. As far as aftermarket lines you could try Classic Tube at www.classictube.com.
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