Lord have mercy this darn truck has drove me nuts!! Well first I replaced the
front brake lines which were leaking due to rust rubbing them raw, just to
discover that after bleeding them there was still no pressure, come to find
out it is the rear brake line as well luckily thsi truck has a 4 inch lift so
easy to climb under, but for the looks of it the leak is on the top portion
of the brake line. just leaking everywhere. Since no men in my family know
shit about vehicles I'm at a loss. seems like a small hole, tried JB weld for
temp job but no use, is there a cheap alternative to fixing this an hillbilly
way without crimping off my brake line? I can't afford or have the know how
to replace the whole thing. My idea was to just use pipe cutter and cut the
leak portion off and apply high pressure rubber hose overlapping botu a Inch
on either side and clamping down still allowing my brakes to function? Is
How much do you value your life and that of anyone who may ride with
you? Brakes are NOT something to do redneck repairs on. Just think about
what could happen when you going down the road with the kids in the
truck and you step on the brakes and they fail!
The rear line is 1/4" and there should be a coupler where it drops down
to the frame. IF the line is solid down to that coupler heat it up and
take apart the line there. Then go and buy a couple lengths of new line
and bend them to match the old line. The rear connection will likely be
a bear to get apart, if it is very rusted you could try taking off the
lines that go to the wheel cylinders from the block. The line isn't very
expensive and it may be easier. Look around and you can find the parts
for less than a night at the movies. I just picked up 2 wheel cylinders,
a 25' coil of 1/4", a few fittings, a couple 3/16" lines and the rear
flex line for under $100.00. Enough to replace all the lines on my 97 S
Blazer. The same parts would fit on yours. I do own the tools to bend
and flare the tubing but many places rent them and they are not hard to
And you don't even have to completely remove the old line right away if you
can't get it out, just slide the new in beside it. You may need to make
more than one trip to the parts store by the time you get the right
lengths. I did my 88 and it took three or four different pieces coupled
there are also couplers that you can just cut the leaking spot out of the
line and install a coupler in the line to fix the leak.
a good brass coupler costs about 4.00 and has compression parts that will
No way in Hell would I trust compression fitting for brake lines. It's
your life and the lives of your passengers.
Double flare fittings are the only safe repair for brake lines.
Old Crow "Yol Bolson!"
'82 FLTC-P "Miss Pearl"
'95 YJ Rio Grande
BS#133, SENS, TOMKAT, MAMBM
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