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My Brake line(s) are leaking, How do I change them?

When I apply the brake, it goes to the floor, so I thought I should refill the brake fluid. After doing so, I noticed the brake light on again and the brake fluid continues to run out. A sales rep at the auto parts store said my brake line(s) probably needs to be replaced.

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Yes they do need replacing.

Posted on May 28, 2009

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