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If you want to replace this line then you need a couple of brake line wrenches and some penetrating oil (not WD-40). Soak the line connections with move-it, liquid wrench or nut buster over night. In the morning soak them again and then try to undo the connections in the afternoon. You must use the proper wrenches because the fittings are soft and easily stripped. Undo the section of rusted line and discard. Replace with new brake line and tighten the fittings until snug. If your auto parts store does not have the proper length, buy a couple of short pieces that will equal the length that was removed.

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