I am taking everyone's advice, and am trying to replace my front brake hoses.
Not ready to cave in and go to a mechanic. Not yet ! I replaced the 2 front
calipers no problem. Have done lots of mech work on my cars before, but these
brake hose clips have me stumped and clueless.
I am trying to remove the driver's side brake hose, to replace it. I have been
staring at the retainer clips for a while, sprayed them with wd 40 and liquid
wrench, pried at them with a screwdriver, pulled at them with a vice grip, and
compressed the ends with a pliers.
So far I've been able to get one of them to move about an eigth of an inch out,
but it doesn't want to come out any more.
The ends up the clip turn up like the tips of skis, and hold the clip in place.
What is my problem, besides being unmechanical ? My Chilton's just says "remove
What is the trick here ? I haven't used much force yet, since I don't want to
bend the clips.
The clip that is NOT next to the pipe is the one I've been able to move about
an eigth of an inch.
I got both new calipers in fairly easily. Don't want to stop now.
Also, how do I get the clips back in ?
I know brakes are very important, and I want to do it right. If it looks too
confusing, don't worry, I will definitely run off to a mechanic, and have him
But I think there's probably an "obvious and straightforward" way to get these
brake clips out right ? So what is it ?