The brake line is leaking and I need to see how the brake line runs so I can trace the leak down
You replace Brake lines, you do not patch them. You need to go under the vehicle and follow the line with your hands and eyes. You need the Year and Model of the vehicle and if it is a truck, the wheelbase.
There are a few connection joints which are in areas where smaller sections of hose can be replaced. Some lines are a real chore to replace. Most of today's Brakeline has to be handmade or custom copied with factory prints by specialty shops. Ford does not supply much of the replacement brakelines.
I just went through this on my 99' F150. Several things to consider are the age of the vehicle, if it is suppose to last or be scrapped, and where you drive it. Salt used on roads or not.
Once you have a Brakeline leak, they were all installed the same day, theres' more leaks coming.
You can get a nice set of Stainless Steel lines preformed, by checking out the Internet. There are also coiled Steel lines in Factory, Stainless and Powercoat (different colors) materials. The best Factory lines are made to Volvo specification, a Copper-Nickel alloy which is suppose to survive 15-17 years of a Salt bath.
I used the Volvo alloy on my F150 and hand-formed each line from coils of material. There were no blueprints for Prefab Stainless for 1999 and newer F150's. I would have lucked out with the factory being 45 Miles from my home, and only 24 hours to custom make. Stainless was cheaper and easier with factory fittings and shapes. But at least I know my brakelines will outlast my truck.
When I started bending the rest of the non-leaking lines to put in the trash, some of them shattered from rust. If I would have replaced only 1 leaking line, I would have been working on the brakelines constantly and risk an accident with each failure.
Feb 07, 2011 |
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