Is there an easy way to install passenger side brake hose retention clip?

Tiny
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  • 1999 SATURN SL2
  • 1.9L
  • 4 CYL
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 47,000 MILES
I replaced the entire engine cradle on my vehicle listed above and most of the front-end suspension parts. It was extremely difficult to remove the brake hose retention clip in the photo. I need to put the same clip back on the passenger side to secure the new hose. I'm asking for help in installing this old brake clip the easiest way possible, please, and thank you!
Tuesday, July 9th, 2024 AT 10:49 AM

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Tiny
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Yep, those can be tough sometimes, the new clip or hose is slightly different in size, I would try fitting the clip onto the hose before installing it on the frame. You might need to file the clip opening a little bit larger. Check out the images (below). Let us know how it goes.
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Tuesday, July 9th, 2024 AT 4:15 PM
Tiny
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Hi and thanks for your reply.

I didn't realize when I removed the retainer clip that it was upside down and both legs were somehow squished together into the same slot. No wonder it was so difficult to remove! I found some brief images while scanning YouTube for the Saturn SL2 that showed the correct orientation of the clip. I also had a Redditor that gave me a brief but helpful clue as to the orientation. I have successfully installed the new brake hose to my brake line and secured it with the retainer clip.
Thanks again for your help!
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Tuesday, July 9th, 2024 AT 5:09 PM
Tiny
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Glad you could get it fixed, thanks for letting us know. Please use 2CarPros anytime we are here to help.
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Thursday, July 11th, 2024 AT 10:04 AM

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