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My 1989 z24 cavalier is leaking brake fluid out of the back right brake line. The brakes don't work and I need to get this fixed. What are some cheap ways to fix this leak?

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The only cheap reliable way is to find what part of the line is leaking and go to either side where you can find good clean line (not rusty) and cut on each side, buy the correct size compression fittings on each side and then put the amount of brake line needed between the compression fittings and then bleed the brakes. really not that difficult with a general knowledge on how to put together a puzzle and a tubing cutter (small) and a couple wrenches.

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If the brake line is leaking, you have to find out exactly how long that tube is. it usually screws into the caliper, and sometimes the other end follows the cars frame and goes into a junction block, so you would only have to buy that short line. and then put the new one on, and then get help to bleed the air out. maybe your lucky and its just leaking at the threaded part, and tightening it would fix the problem.

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Replace the Caliper and Brake pads. Most likely you have worn brake pads and they are so worn that the seal broke on the caliper on that side. The Caliper will cost about $15 and the pads should cost around $30, the job should take about 45 min on each side of the vehicle but you only need to replace the caliper that is leaking. Once the caliper is replaced you'll need to refill the reservoir and bleed the system. if you don't know how to replace your pads or bleed your brakes I suggest the Haynes repair manual on your vehicle as a reference.

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