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Old 10-24-2009, 03:07 AM
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Tips for replacing brake lines?

I got to remove then reinstall the brake lines on the rear axle of my truck, so I can get in there with some paint.

I've done some reading, and some youtubing, and I think the plan is pretty straightforward. Loosen up the lines, bend out the retaining metal flaps, take the lines out. Put a clamp on the rubber hose section to prevent excessive leaking, then reinstall hoses and bleed the lines.

Anybody got any tips for me?
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Old 10-24-2009, 04:35 AM
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sounds straight forward there but be careful with the steel lines, i did mine and ending up breakin it and having to replace it.
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or, replace them now anyway, so you have the piece of mind of new brake lines. might as well do the main line from the front to the rear while you're at it too.

that's the funny thing with steel--it likes to rust.

why not replace it now instead of wating for your foot to go to the floor at that crucial time when you're trying to avoid hitting that bus full of nuns?
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i would replce them.. they are not expensive. nor hard to do.. but buy a bender tool.. it will produce a better look then doing it by hand.
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so I'm not missing any steps? man I feel like I'm doing a good job leaning this automotive stuff

As far as replacing the lines... they just got replaced about 300 miles ago. I'm pretty sure the shop used stainless, or some sort of alloy.. because there's no rust, it's bare metal, and has a greenish yellow tint.

Should I paint the brake lines too, while they're off?
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