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1999 Sable Brake line fluid leak

I have a 1999 Sable with brake line fluid leak in middle of chassis by driver door(underneath)  There is an unusual part joining front & back brake lines that is leaking on both ends.  It looks like rubber grommets are the joint to the brake lines.  It is hard to see because I am in Michigan and we have snow, salt, water, dirt, mud and it's hard to find time to crawl under rusty vehicle to look thoroughly at the leaking joint in 20F and 20MPH winds.  Brake light is on and pedal goes to floor.  I keep filling fluid but leak is out of hand.  Does anyone know what kind of part joins lines together in mid-chassis?  Why isn't line continuous to back? Why the break & add another part?  I thought I would ask before I 1) buy a service manual & figure it out myself.  2) Take it to dealer & pay $$$.  I am poor & trying to make ends meet.  Thank you for any help !!  If I have an answer, I can call friends that will work for beer.  Thanks - Superbuuck

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  • MP Hanson Mar 04, 2009

    I found out the unusual part in mid-chassis was actually the CABLE emergency brake lines. It was a shock absorber grommet that joined two cables from front to back of vehicle. My leak was the actual hydraulic brake lines that were tucked up in the frame even higher in the darkness. I researched how to replace my hydraulic lines because they were very rusty in multiple locations. I ended up going to a Ford dealer and buying "pre-bent" lines and put them in. I had to learn how to bleed the air out of the lines but I was successful. Now I am smarter for it! Thanks,

  • autolift Mar 22, 2009

    I've got a leak in the same place. What I'd like to know is how the lines run from the master cylinder. There's a line that enters in the front-top if the master cylinder, and one at the rear-left. I blocked the rear-left line, but it still leaked. I blocked the front-top line, and the leak stopped, but I only had rear brakes and no front brakes. Can someone explain to me how these brake lines work??

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Cut that out. Replace it with a compression fitting. Bleed the system.

Posted on Feb 27, 2009

  • Clint Smock
    Clint Smock Mar 05, 2009

    I'm glad you got it fixed, its too bad I couldn't see what you were describing, I could have helped you more.

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