Working with your car’s brake lines and fuel lines is usually something best left to the experts, since it requires specialist tools and knowledge to ensure you don’t accidentally leave a potentially fatal fault in the car. However, many hobbyist mechanics and professionals alike can tackle brake line installation, removal and repair, as well as work on fuel lines, putting their skills to the test and completing this daunting task effectively.
Done right, brake and fuel line work is an excellent challenge and leaves the mechanic – amateur or not – with a sense of pride and accomplishment. However, for any work on brake lines or fuel lines to go well, the mechanic will need proper fuel line tools.
Fuel Line Tools
Usually looking like alien cousins of your normal household pliers, fuel line tools are specialised for a range of very narrow, specific tasks. Each one has a unique function, and once you have mastered all of these, no fuel line work will be beyond you.
Used for widening the ends of a fuel line (or “flaring” them) so that they better fit onto a larger fitting or for seamless combination with a wider fuel line, flaring tools are crucial for making sure that everything you are working on will fit together absolutely perfectly. If your fuel lines don’t fit, they won’t be watertight, and you’ll soon have a broken-down vehicle and a potentially dangerous mess on your hands.
Tube Bending and Straightening Tools
As the name suggests, tube bending and straightening tools are used to either bend or straighten a fuel line tube. Rigid fuel lines must sometimes be reshaped to allow a better fit with the rest of the car or to make them more efficient and closer-fitting. With a tube bending or straightening tool, a fuel line becomes much more versatile, able to change shape to suit your needs!
Tube and Hose Cutters
Sometimes even the best tube bending is not enough to make a tube fit, or a tube is so long that it compromises its efficiency, and in these cases a fuel line tool called a tube and hose cutter may be necessary. Doing exactly what they say on the tin, a tube and hose cutter can cut neatly through your fuel lines, making sure that they fit the length you need.
Brake Hose Skiving and Cutting Tools
“Skiving” a brake hose means that tiny slivers of the outside of the hose are sliced away to reduce the diameter of the hose fitting, making it fit absolutely seamlessly with a smaller connector. This process is the equal and opposite process to flaring, which broadens a hose to make it fit a wider connector. By slicing tiny strips from the outside of the house, a skiving tool maintains the integrity of the hose itself while reducing its size.
General pliers, clasps, clamps, connectors, cutters, awls, injectors, annealing tools and anvils can be used for miscellaneous fuel line work. These miscellaneous fuel line tools are crucial for the myriad small jobs that make up the body of fuel line work, and are crucial for success.