There is a brake line that go's from the front proportioning valve to
where it meets the brake hose that go's to my caliper. They meet right
at the hole in my frame. This brake line is about 16 inches long with 2
male connectors on both ends. I broke this brake line. My question is,
do they sell the brake line already pre bent, or do I have to bend it
myself? Also is this a dealer part, or would any parts shop have this
brake line. It looks pretty standard to me....Thanx
Thanks again Mike. I bought a new brake line which came straight
"without bends", and the ends flared with fittings already assembled at
both ends. I bought a 12 inch, because that was the same length as the
one I broke. I used the old brake line as a template, and bent the new
one as close to the old one as possible. I had a hell of a time trying
to get the thread started at the end that go's into the front
proportioning valve. It was in a very bad location, inside the frame
rail etc etc. I ended up taking the bolts out of the proportioning
valve, moving it enough so I could get good access to the hole where the
fitting go's in. I still had a problem getting the new brake line in.
After literally 50 attempts, I finally got the thread started. The rest
of the job went fairly smoothly. Any idea why the new brake line was
difficult to get in, yet when I tried to reinstall the old one, it would
go in no problem. I made sure the fittings between the new and the old
were the same by attaching a nut to both. They were the same. Have you
ever had a similar problem.....thanx
Yup. It only takes a very small amount of mis-alignment in mating the
threads to cause you a world of grief. It's common enough when bending your
own lines to have to tweak your bends a bit to find that perfect alignment.
Glad you're back in business.
My question is, do they sell the brake line already pre bent,
Yep the dealer will have it all preformed with the proper fittings and
clips. So will a GOOD parts supply shop.
or do I have to bend it myself?
You can if you want. You will need a proper double flaring tool, a
tubing bender, tubing cutter and the correct line and fittings.
Also is this a dealer part, or would any parts shop have this
A LOT of the lines on a vehicle "look pretty standard" but it doesn't
mean they are.
If the line broke due to rust then you might as well pull both of the
front lines and replace everything including the rubber lines. it will
be cheaper in the long run and MUCH easier. I would also consider
replacing the rear lines as well if you haven't already.
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