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  • Clean around the old brake lines carefully before removing them to prevent any gunk or debris from getting into the brake line connections.
  • Remove the brake fluid reservoir cap, cover it with some plastic wrap and replace the cap. This prevents too much fluid from leaking out when changing the brake hoses.
  • Take the tire off of the car and loosen the brake lines at each end. Plug the brake line at the fender to prevent too much fluid leakage. Save the washers and reuse them after removing the old brake line.
  • Line up the new brake line hex nut with the bracket and hand tighten it before putting the metal clips back on. Tighten with a wrench after the clips are in place.
  • Make sure to torque the brake lines to the manufacturers' specifications for the brakes to work properly.
  • Repeat the process for each tire and brake line on your car.
  • Bleed the brakes as necessary after replacing the brake lines and make sure you have plenty of brake fluid in your reservoir.

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