How To Repair A Brake Line

14 January 2015
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One of the most important parts of your truck is the brakes. If they stop working while driving, it could mean a major collision between you and other cars. It is even worse if you're in an area where you can't stop or slow down, such as on the freeway or going around a sharp turn. If you think your brake line needs repairs, you must do it immediately. Here are tips for repairing it yourself.

Gather Your Supplies

As is true with most projects, you need to start by gathering the tools and supplies you will need. Luckily, most of the items you need when repairing your vehicle's brake line are already in your garage. You need several clean rags to be used throughout the DIY project, as well as brake fluid and open-end wrenches. The one thing you might need to purchase from your nearby auto supply store is new brake lines. You should also prepare your vehicle by supporting it on jack stands and removing  the wheel to make the brakes more accessible.

Remove the Old Brake Line

Now that you have your supplies ready, you need to remove the old brake line. Look for a rubber piece that is holding two metal parts together. This connection usually has hex-shaped fittings attached to two halves. To get them apart, you need two wrenches. Place one wrench on each of these fittings in order to loosen the connection and remove the brake line. A clean rag should also be ready so you can clean up any leaking brake fluid.

Install the Brake Line

With the old brake line removed from your vehicle, you can add the new brake line. Since you just removed the brake line, you should have a good idea of how the new brake line will be installed. Make sure you are very careful when threading the connection back together so you don't cause any further damage to the new rubber brake line or the metal components. Get it tight with your hands first, then use the wrenches together to get it as tight as you can.

Add the Finishing Touches

With the new brake line installed, you are almost finished with this repair job. Next, you need to add new brake fluid to your system and bleed the brakes. Let the brake fluid run through the brake line, then add more brake fluid when you're done. You may also want to consider changing both brake lines, even if it is only one that needs to be replaced.

For more info, speak with automotive specialists like Ashton Transport Ltd.