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.
Both lines went out.Have new lines bent ,have vac. pump,fittings ,etc.But....i noticed after i had old lines off one connection in front block is 12 m diameter,one is smaller,two in back are also smaller dia.Were does 12 m line go in rear brake block.Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Re: Replacing brake lines
It sounds to me like you may have gotten the wrong ones I would got to NAPA or Autozone and get only the parts you need and if you have the old ones take them with you and also ask for compression fittings it will make the job alot easier and do not forget to bleed the brake lines when done
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You have to buy a special tool, Ford Fuel Filter Removal tool. The filter is located on the driver side frame rail, back towards the gas tank. Slide the tool over the fuel line and push it into the end of the filter, then pull the line out. Make sure you have the flow pointing in the right direction when you put the new one on.
There is a special tool required to bleed the brakes, it plugs into the ABS hydraulic control under the hood and holds the ABS valves open to remove the trapped air during bleeding, u will need to have the dealer bleed the brakes, they are most likely the only ones that will have this special too, but u can try an outside shop, I am sure Snap on tools makes this tool in the aftermarket tool catagory..
Brake fluid is highly corrosive. If you can't get the line loose on the frame side then I would suggest replacing the hard line as well coming from the master cylinder. Or if you have a flaring tool you could cut the hard line just behind the rubber and put a new fitting on it. Pretty easy if you have the tool. Essentially you will wind up kinking or breaking the hard line anyway if the fitting won't come loose easy.
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.
most brake lines are 1/8"(0.125) suprised parts store couldnt cross reference for you generally you can buy the line prefab with all fittings the right bends and length alot easier to install hope this helps