Discussion in 'Wheels/Tires/Brakes' started by wa1dh, Nov 20, 2010.
I remove, clean up really good (including brasso, until it shines), then wax, then reinstall.
FWIW, before I realized that junction was brass, I bought a new one at the Ford dealer before beginning the project on our 93 and it was something like $17 and immediately available. This would have been in 2011 or so.
So... If you're worried about it, new ones aren't hard or expensive to come by.
I need to replace mine. They are rusty.
I believe they are 3/16" lines, with the flare nuts having the metric thread, which I think is m10-1.0. Its the standard metric flare nut for the 3/16"lines anyway. When I did the lines to the back of my 92LX Escort, I found I had to replace the lines and the rear brake hoses - and the little "S" curved line between the wheel cylinder and the brake hose. This was because I could not get the flare nuts unscrewed where they attached to the brake hose ends.
Yes; I was using the proper "brake line" wrenches.
Pro tip: Cut the line off even with the flare nut and use a socket to remove it. If that doesn't work then heat the fitting with a torch. I do it all the time when I have to replace brake lines at work and most of the time I can get them out.
And when using a socket, I always use a 6 point kind.
On my nephew's 1998 S-10 pickup, the brake lines were so rusted that we replaced them all. Only leaking in one place, but the lines broke into pieces just by pulling them away from the front subframe. This pickup was always parked in Cobb Island on the Chesapeake Bay, which may account for the amount of rust. I imagine its a worse problem in upstate NY. We also replaced the brake hoses, calipers, pads, and rotors.
Now I have it on my list of chores to replace all the rear hoses and rusted lines on the back end of 4 of my Escorts. Have already done it to one of them.
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