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Broken Brake line

The brake line running to the rear of the vehicle broke on my 1999 Durango. I founf the break in the line, but it appears all of the line is rusted, and this includes the lines from the splitter to both rear wheels. I have a couple of concerns. First, the rubber piece that the brake line goes into before the split. How do you remove the metal line from the rubber? And, can this damage the rubber piece? I have been told that this piece, as well as the splitter itself, is all one piece. I have also been told that there is an "equalizer" inside the splitter that is very expensive to replace. How can this be accomplished without replacing or damaging this piece.
Second, how much trouble is it to replace the brake lines that run to each wheel? Can I damage the wheels or the cylinders in the wheels?

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  • davenfcwv Jun 23, 2009

    To C17 hydro:

    The engine size is a 5.9L. I have also read the other reponses to my questions that are posted here. These are great reponses as well, and I am aware of the bleeding problems, as well as the bending of the lines. I have many mechanics that are friends who are willing to do the work, and have the tools, but they have not tried to work with this "rubber" section before and these are mostly their concerns.

    Thanks.

  • Greg Bernett
    Greg Bernett May 11, 2010

    Agreeing with heavymetal here on this one...but a good bleed job will be in order.

  • Greg Bernett
    Greg Bernett May 11, 2010

    Good questions with good descriptions....what size of motor so I can look up some diagrams? Also, lines can be replaced in segments and the part you are talking about can be removed carefully and be reused unless the lines are that bad. But, let's know what we are working with first.

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Because of ABS (antilock brakes and traction control) I recommend a professional auto tech be utilized. The system will need to be bled of trapped air after the replacement and with ABS there are speciality tools and equiptment required.
Usually there is a rubber brake line (hose) with threaded fitting that goes to the steel lines. The replacement lines come straight and need to be custom bent in place (without kinking the metal). If the replacement lines are too long, they will need to be cut and new flare ends made (Special flaring tools)

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It's the same as any other car or truck. Simply cut the rubber off & there's a nut,like any other brake line. Loosen the lines as you would for any job. Now you say the lines are rusted,if they're that bad then you'll need to replace them from front to rear. This requires a tubing bender(hand held) & a doulble flare tool & unions. You can forget about that "expensive" part. It's a brake balance controler & never goes bad.

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  • Pete MacSparran
    Pete MacSparran Jun 23, 2009

    Trust me,cut it there's nothing under it but a regular brake line. I'm a Chrysler master tech, believe me.

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