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Replacing brake lines

How hard is it to replace brake lines from front to back on a 1996 Ford Taurus Sedan? Will I need any special tools? I am buying the complete kit from Ford already prebent with the unions installed. I have no problem doing most car repairs but I haven't done this before. I will only be replacing the 2 main lines that feed the rear brakes because they are so badly rusted that they split and leak. Is there anything I need to know to make it easier.
Your help is greatly appreciated.
Thank you,
Joe.

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  • Joseph Paolella Nov 11, 2008

    I will be doing the job from on the ground. I don't have access to a lift but I do have jack stands and a jack. Hopefully I can get it up high enough and finagle it in.

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  • Anonymous Mar 17, 2014

    I can not find a source for prebent lines will junk yard lines be ok if not rusted? my fuel line is starting to seep from rust damage but so far brake line ok. Source? or coil and flare tool?

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Many issues can come into play when trying to mount prebent lines. First off, they are connected in
many of the same brackets as other lines, (ie.: fuel lines) . And sometimes because of the length and shape of a prebent line, other things such as the muffler routing, fuel tank position, ABS lines,
strut mounting can all " get in the way" of a one piece replacement. And of course all those lines would need bled of air when complete which poses problems if old bleeder screws are bad as well.
My suggestion would be to save the money on a factory bent line , head to or have towed to a
reputable garage and ask if they can service the lines, the experienced techs have ways of freeing
up a frozen bleeder, working around the hazards in the way with aftermarket replacement
brake lines and all the necessary adapters for proper connection. I have many years in the field,
and I have to say, YOU DON'T GET A SECOND CHANCE WHEN IT COMES TO BRAKES
Let the pro's do their job and keep us all SAFE. You wouldn't call a gardener to wire your house.
Ha Ha Ha I applaud your eagerness to fix things, but this is one thing I would let go.
thnx GT GOOD LUCK

PS Tell them what you have to work with and the quality shops will do what they can to help you.
The money you would spend on Dealer parts shoud be easily enough to more than cover the aftermarket repair.

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You need a 10mm and a 13mm pipe wrench, make sure and get those. Also if those lines are rusted you'll soon find the rest to be rusted as well, especially those going to the front wheels off the block under the master cylinder. I've done my rear lines this week and am trying to figure out how to get the front ones done, there's no room to do so.... Someone did a poor design job on this one....

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Hello jpaolella, If you are able to get your car on a rack lift, it will be relativly easy if you are tasking yourself on the ground then it might just be a bit harder.
I would suggest finding a rack lift.
Please post what you do and how you did it. I look forward to your posts.

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  • Eeeeeeeeeekz Nov 12, 2008

    One thing you might try to help out is by driving your car onto a sidewalk, there should be enough room to let you get down and dirty. Be sure to grab a pan for the fluids though, sometimes people forget and sometimes people recieve fines. But it should work please let me know how it does. 


    I look forward to your posts.

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