The steel brake line going to the rear of my wagon just after the
front door has developed a leak. A really big leak, the fluid gushes
out when the brakes are applied. Very small hole but big leak.
The wagon is a 92 Buick roadmaster Estate Wagon. Has anyone ever
replaced a steel brake line on that wagon? What am I likely to run
into? EX, lines that don't come apart and I end up braking them.
Should I use the Factory pre bent steel lines or should I buy some
straight steel lines at a local store and bend them myself?
You won't get lines any more for that. Watch the fittings, soak them with
penetrating oil overnight and be careful loosening them up, typically this
process opens a can of worms as the system is rusted up. good luck.
Sometimes it's easier, if there are any good lengths of sections on the line
somewhere, to cut and flare the lines and just replace the bad sections with
new flexible metal lines. They sell the flare fittings rather cheaply and
you can rent a flare tool for free at autozone.
I have replaced 100% of the metal lines in a few cars. If the lines are
pretty much in rough shape throughout or you can only find small sections of
decent line left you should consider replacing all of the lines.
I found an interesting combination of flares on a 1992 Chevy Caprice I
re-did the lines on. Don't pay for the expensive bubble-flare lines. Get the
cheap-o single flare lines and 'rent' the double flare tool. If you only do
step one of the double flare process you have a perfect bubble flare. Of
course you'll need to salvage the old bubble flare fittings from the old
lines or just buy them... I found the price hike for a buble flare line
Go to autoparts store with old line so they can match the fitting. THey sell
lines with fittings in different lengths. Buy a tube bender ($5). When you
pull off the old line try to tape off the rest of the line on the car or all
your brake fluid will drain out. THe line kink easy to bend slowly and try
to match you existing bends. Don't forget to soak your bleeder screws
overnight on penetrating oil. THe replace and bleed.
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