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Leaking back break lines

This is a serious problem. Depending on what material you use, and who works on this car, will directly reflect on the price of the repair.

Many of the replacement parts have to be hand fitted. Some preformed lines are available, but they are often sold as a complete set.

There are special tools needed to create a brakeline out of a coil of material. Each end of brakeline would need to be crimped with the correct fitting for the individual inlet hole. Using different sizes of fitting is the Manufactuers method to insure that the brakeline fits in only the correct place.

This made more sense when replacements were bolt on parts and readily available. Today though, it is a complication to buy different size ends for each brakeline.

You are going to want to go either to a Brakeshop or someone who has done this work before. Consider this, all Brakelines were installed the same day on the Assembly line. If 2 leak now, it won't be long before all 4 leak. If you do not know the History of the car, and what was replaced earlier, you need someone to inspect the brakes.

Oct 07, 2012 | Chevrolet Cars & Trucks

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No Brake pedal

This would mean the fluid is gone or the Master cylinder is bad and not pushing the fluid. You will probably see wet areas where the brakelines or Calipers have leaked the fluid. Since all the lines corrode at the same rate, the rest of the brakelines will fail too. Look under the vehicle for signs of fluid leaks.

Jun 07, 2012 | 1990 Chevrolet Suburban

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Replacing brakeline on 1999 300m

you can replace brake lines if you have done mechanic work before,you can buy brake lines already bend and fabricated at dealership or you can buy brake lines at auto parts stores bend them to the correct shapes your self.

Nov 20, 2011 | Cars & Trucks

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How do I replace a rear brake line on a 98 Ford Windstar?

Hello, If you can do plumbing it is not difficult. You may need the help of a small tube bending tool if you buy straight line. You would need to remove the current line, catch the brake fluid, and then take the old line to the Autoparts store.

The Autoparts store may be able to reshape a new line for you. Call ahead to ask if they can do this service. The ends of the new line may or may not have the correct size fittings, so attention to detail is important. The fittings can be purchased separately.

There is "bulk" line in coils which have to be fitted with the end fittings. To install AUTOMOTIVE type fittings, you need a flaring tool capable of what is called a double inverted flair. Not all flaring kits have this improved shaping capability.

You may try Ford to buy a preformed brakeline. They may have it, but Ford stopped stocking stuff like this so when backstock is gone, you will need to custom make the line as I described. The Autoparts stores do have some aftermarket brakelines, usually the type with rubber hoses crimped into an assembly. The entire brakeline assembly has several jointed sections so it keeps the replacement costs down.

The last bit of advice I have is the hanger system Ford uses. At various sections, the joint between two separate pieces is part of one line or the other. Ford uses "C" clips to position the lines when they go through any mounting bracket. The brakeline may have a machined surface to accomodate the clip. So what I am struggling to say is the brakeline may be harder to remove than just by unscrewing a fitting. The line may be clipped to a mounting bracket.

I hope my solution is very helpful to you.

Sep 17, 2011 | 1998 Ford Windstar

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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 | Ford Festiva Cars & Trucks

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Tools needed for replacement of caliper,bearing,rotor, and brakelines

Well, you're going to need a jack, wheel blocks and wheel wrench to safely remove the tire and hang the thing in the air for you to work on. Then a 3/8" allen wrench for the caliper itself, a flare nut wrench for the brake lines, probably a 3/8".

You'll also need a pair of little Vise grips or a chisel and hammer for the spindle nut and it's cotter key.

If you're splicing line, or if you like it to fit well, invest in a double flare kit.$30-35 for a good one, don't buy a cheap one, you can do nice brakeline work once you get the tool figured out.

That should do it.


Jan 16, 2011 | 1983 GMC C3500

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Broke a brakeline on my 1996 taurus how do i fix or cap it so i can use the car 4 wheel disc sys

It has to be replaced. If its front new break hose that runs from hard line to caliper. If rear from caliper to block on rear axel. If main line from front of car at perporationing valve back to block on rear axel.

Apr 13, 2009 | 1996 Ford Taurus

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It is possible to replace a bad portion of brake line using compression fittings,and alot of parts stores do fabricate and sell brakeline if you take the old piece(s) in for a reference.If you do pull the line from the resevoir your going to have to bleed the entire system incuding the master cylinder,If you have the means I would reccomend taking it to a shop that specializes in brakes,they have the tools and experience to do the job correctly and it really shouldn't be to expensive.If you are going to DIY write me back and I'll give you a walk through on the procedure.

Apr 10, 2009 | 2001 Kia Sportage

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hi i have had the brakeline fixed.i sent it in to the shop.they droped the tank was better they did it anyway as you have to have a
licence to work on brakelines.

thank you for bing there it's cool

Sep 07, 2008 | 1990 Toyota 4Runner

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