How to Use a Double Flaring Tool

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How to Use a Double Flaring Tool
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One of the speciality tools that everybody who does his own auto repair should own is a double flaring tool. With this tool it's possible to do a professional looking job with brake line or transmission cooling line replacement. Without this tool this is a very difficult job because it's almost impossible to find the correct length steel line. A double flare is the best sealing and strongest way to flare a tubing end.

How to Use a Double Flaring Tool

Use a tubing cutter and cut the tubing to the desired length. Remove any burrs on the cut end of the tube. Slide the tubing nut on the tube, hex end first.

How to Use a Double Flaring Tool

Loosen the wing nuts and insert the tube in the appropriate opening of the tubing clamp. Place the correct sized adaptor upside down beside the protruding end of the tube. Allow the end of the tubing to protrude from the tube to match the thickness of the large part of the adaptor. Tighten the wing nuts tightly. Keep the halves of the tool parallel to each other as you tighten.

How to Use a Double Flaring Tool

Turn the adaptor over , coat with a small amount of brake fluid and insert into the tube.

How to Use a Double Flaring Tool

Place the flaring tool on the tubing clamp, making sure the screw point is centred on the adaptor and the flaring tool is locked on the tubing clamp. Turn the screw clockwise until the adaptor bottoms out of the tubing clamp. Final tightening is easier if you clamp the tool in a vice if you have one.

How to Use a Double Flaring Tool

Loosen the screw and remove the adaptor. The tubing end should have a bubble look at this point.

How to Use a Double Flaring Tool

Position the flaring tool with the point entering the tubing end and centred. Turn the screw clockwise and tighten until the cone is bottomed out completely.

How to Use a Double Flaring Tool

Remove the flaring tool and inspect the tubing end. The flare should be even all around with no cracks or gaps. Remove the tubing from the clamp.

Warning

Always carefully check the new flare for cracks. Do not use if any cracks are found.

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