Fuel Line Disconnect Kit – Product Review
Fuel lines. Ohhhhh fuel lines. Brake lines, no problem most of the time. Coolant lines? Sometime a bit of a fiddle, but normally something you can sort out and overcome, right? But a fuel line? Man alive, can they put up a fight. Especially if they’re that ‘push fit’ type, which is designed to bite within the connection point, creating a non-return situation. This is good in terms of purpose, as you don’t want fuel spraying everywhere, but it does make working on them a little frustrating. You can go hacking, you can’t go grinding (duh) you have to be safe. If only there was a handy, cheap, perfectly designed tool for releasing these connections…
Get your fuel line disconnect tool here
As you can see from the picture above, the fuel line removal tool, or tools, is a simple affair. A Bob Ross-esque palette but instead of colours, there are seven white plastic sleeves affixed. You have a 1/4, 3/8, 5/16, 1/2, 7/8, 5/8 and 3/4 inch fitting. They work by clipping around the fuel line (or oil line, or air-con line, or any line that uses the push fit type connections) and then pushing into the union, pressing the non-return tangs back so that you can pull the line free. It couldn’t be more simple.
I needed to disconnect the main fuel line that runs into the two injector rails on my Daimler, but didn’t want to make a mess of the lines, for obvious reasons. I bought this kit, it arrived the next day, and after finding the right sleeve I simply inserted it into the union and then pulled the line away. It was a five minute job, probably less to be honest. The sleeves can need a bit of gentle persuasion (I just pushed it into the union with a small adjustable wrench to I was delivering uniform force around the whole sleeve), but that’s the only thing you might need to overcome.
Did the job and did it with aplomb, and all for a tenner delivered to my door. It’s not a complicated tool, meaning there isn’t anything to go wrong with its construction. It’s light, it does exactly what is should, and made what would have been a job-stopping ordeal the work of but a moment. And is that not what any good tool should be able to do? Even if you don’t need one right now, I would encourage you to get one. When the time comes that you need to disconnect a fuel line, an oil line or an air-con line, you’ll be so glad of it. For a tenner, it would be daft to not have it on the shelf.
The Verdict – 5 out of 5
For a tenner, for the frustration this little kit saves and for the ease of use, it can’t be awarded anything less than full marks. Get yours here.