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Flare wrenches #5440053 05/27/20 10:43 AM
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I'd like to buy a set of 'good' flare wrenches (related thread on brake lines to this) and am looking for some comments.... I know for certain I need 8mm and 10mm and need to confirm, but I want to say the bleeder screws on the Fusion are 7mm. I can get combinations with 7 x 8 mm, 9 x 11 mm, and 10 x 12 mm so right off the bat, I at least want/need the first and third ones. Not a lot of companies seem to offer them in 8 mm let alone 7 mm but I have found them from Snap On or Proto. I've found the Proto wrenchs from Zoro and they range from $17-20 each while Snap On (list price) is $45, $23, and $48. That's ridiculously expensive for me and something I can't, or won't, justify. My hope is to maybe buy them from a Snap On dealer/truck through a "friend". If I were able to do that, does anyone have any ballpark amounts these would sell for ? I presume they don't sell for list price !

I've tried SK, Williams, Wright, Gearwrench, and I think some others but they don't have all of these, typically the smallest one.

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Don't use a flare wrench on bleeder screws-- break them loose with a 6 point socket then use ordinary end wrench to open/close.

Flare wrenches really are for a single purpose, flare nuts.

Re: Flare wrenches [Re: hallstevenson] #5440065 05/27/20 11:07 AM
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^ Agreed, a thinner, normal wrench allows having tubing better seated on the bleeder, while a thicker flare wrench has more purchase on difficult line nuts.

Re: Flare wrenches [Re: hallstevenson] #5440067 05/27/20 11:11 AM
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I bought a set of snap-on flare wrenches used on eBay for about $100. They had hardly been used.

Worth looking!


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Re: Flare wrenches [Re: mk378] #5440069 05/27/20 11:12 AM
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Originally Posted by mk378
Don't use a flare wrench on bleeder screws-- break them loose with a 6 point socket then use ordinary end wrench to open/close.

Flare wrenches really are for a single purpose, flare nuts.


This. A socket, or box end wrench, heat if you need it.

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Re: Flare wrenches [Re: hallstevenson] #5440078 05/27/20 11:25 AM
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The Proto flare wrenches are good quality. Metric set J3700M has 7x8, 9x11, 10x12, 13x14, 15x17. The set price on Ebay or elsewhere may save you $$ compared to buying the individuals.

The SK wrenches are good as well, but their prices have been creeping up lately.

I agree with the others, no reason to use a flare wrench on a bleeder. Use a deep socket or ratcheting combo wrench.

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As others said, it is easiest to just use a 6 pt socket to break them loose and then to torque them after the bleed. However if you prefer a wrench, I recommend these:

7/9mm
https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B06XB2KZST/ref=psdcmw_15707321_t2_B00122BRW0

8/10mm
https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B06XB2LF4D/ref=psdcmw_15707321_t1_B06XB2KZST


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Re: Flare wrenches [Re: hallstevenson] #5440100 05/27/20 11:54 AM
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Originally Posted by hallstevenson
I'd like to buy a set of 'good' flare wrenches (related thread on brake lines to this) and am looking for some comments.... I know for certain I need 8mm and 10mm and need to confirm, but I want to say the bleeder screws on the Fusion are 7mm. I can get combinations with 7 x 8 mm, 9 x 11 mm, and 10 x 12 mm so right off the bat, I at least want/need the first and third ones. Not a lot of companies seem to offer them in 8 mm let alone 7 mm but I have found them from Snap On or Proto. I've found the Proto wrenchs from Zoro and they range from $17-20 each while Snap On (list price) is $45, $23, and $48. That's ridiculously expensive for me and something I can't, or won't, justify. My hope is to maybe buy them from a Snap On dealer/truck through a "friend". If I were able to do that, does anyone have any ballpark amounts these would sell for ? I presume they don't sell for list price !

I've tried SK, Williams, Wright, Gearwrench, and I think some others but they don't have all of these, typically the smallest one.



What i usually do for wrench or sockets sets is look at buying a large set from either SK or Wright that have the largest amount of sizes i need and piecemeal any other ones i need that are not included in the set. Proto is great brand for Price point and most of it being made in the USA. I do mostly try to buy Wright and SK since they do use 100% USA steel as well. There are also places like KB Tools that sell used name brand tools as well


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Re: Flare wrenches [Re: hallstevenson] #5440103 05/27/20 11:56 AM
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FWIW - typical bleeder spec is about 10 ft/lbs. Avoid the amateurish overtightening. crzy

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Re: Flare wrenches [Re: mk378] #5440108 05/27/20 12:12 PM
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Originally Posted by mk378
Don't use a flare wrench on bleeder screws-- break them loose with a 6 point socket then use ordinary end wrench to open/close.

Flare wrenches really are for a single purpose, flare nuts.

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Re: Flare wrenches [Re: hallstevenson] #5440126 05/27/20 12:34 PM
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I bought a used SnapOn brake bleeder screw wrench. One wrench, 6 point. Works great.

https://shop.snapon.com/product/Bleeder-Wrenches/Bleeder-Wrench/S6112

Its the only SnapOn wrench I have bought. I did find one on the side of the road. So I have 2 SnapOn wrenches now.


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Re: Flare wrenches [Re: hallstevenson] #5440135 05/27/20 12:50 PM
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I should clarify, but I do use a 6-pt socket for the bleeders on 2 of our cars to break them loose. It's the Fusion, rear brakes, where the bleeder isn't accessible for a socket (as I recall). I may have been over-cautious by telling myself, "don't use an open-end wrench on there or you'll risk stripping it" so I just called it a night at that point.... I thought a flare wrench would be better suited, hence the quest I'm on. grin

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I have a Matco set, which I think was around a hundred bucks and an 80's set of Craftsman (Danaher, I believe), which are very good quality.

I'm not sure how the current Craftsman line is, but my Matco's are very nice and may be in your price range.


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Re: Flare wrenches [Re: hallstevenson] #5440163 05/27/20 01:39 PM
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Generally speaking I use flare nut wrenches for flare nuts. For a brake bleeder, I use a 6 point socket, or 6 point box wrench. Having said that if you want a good set of flare nut wrenches I bought Stahlwille from Amazon.de as per Trav's recommendation. They're on par with Snap On, but were less money.


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Re: Flare wrenches [Re: hallstevenson] #5440176 05/27/20 01:57 PM
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Originally Posted by hallstevenson
I should clarify, but I do use a 6-pt socket for the bleeders on 2 of our cars to break them loose. It's the Fusion, rear brakes, where the bleeder isn't accessible for a socket (as I recall). I may have been over-cautious by telling myself, "don't use an open-end wrench on there or you'll risk stripping it" so I just called it a night at that point.... I thought a flare wrench would be better suited, hence the quest I'm on. grin


If you look at SnapOn for brake bleeder wrenches you see all kinds of odd shapes. The one I mentioned above is "L" shaped with a different size on each end. They have many other shapes. My Dad had a supply of cheap wrenches he would weld/bend when he needed a wrench to get around an obstruction.


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