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Old 03-21-2007, 04:29 PM   #1
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Brake Line leak

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Anyone have any idea how to fix a hole in the brake line closer to the back passenger wheel of a chevy short bus? Thanks alot!
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Old 03-21-2007, 07:53 PM   #2
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Brake line leak repair

Depending on the location of the leak, most parts stores have and sell a fitting named a coupling. Usually the leak is merely a small hole and can be repaired with a coupling. The fittings are normally made of brass but are acceptable for repair. If the leak is a long crack, then it is a good decision to replace either the complete line or a piece of the line with a new line and a coupling. It will be necessary to identify the brake line size to buy parts. Bleeding the brakes after repair is very easy. Fill the master cylinder with brake fluid. have a helper pump the brakes and observe the liquid level in master cylinder. Also look for any air bubbles. Continue to add fluid. Pedal may not become firm, and bleeding the system will be required. Select a wrench the fits the bleeder valve at the wheel. Have helper push down on brake pedal. Slowly loosen the bleeder a very small amount. Observe any air bubbles. Close valve snugly. Tell helper to again pump brake pedal in long slow strokes. Have helper hold pedal down. Again release the bleeded valve looking for any air bubbles. Repeat this action until all air is exhausted from system. Some times it is required to adjust all the brakes to get a nice full pedal. If the leak was caused because of rust, the lines should be replaced. Frank
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One thing I learned about bleeding brakes when I was 16 and teaching myself is that you need to start at the one farthest from the master cylinder. This means the right rear on most vehicles, then the left rear, then the right front, then the left front. I takes a painfully long time to do the job otherwise. <insert embarrassed smiley here>
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Thanks alot guys... I figured I'd have to replace the whole thing.. Just wondering if there were any tidbits that may make it easier
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I am with james, just replace it. You will find that when you dig it out there are other spots ready to open up. Brake line is cheap, what's your life worth? sportyrick
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so I replaced the line, now I'm finding it damn near impossible to get to the bleeder valve on the back passenger side drum. Its directly beside the leaf spring. any ideas?
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I pulled the tires off, but it doesn't leave me much more room. its on the top of the drum, on the back.. but like not even 2 inches from the leaf spring. I'll try to take some pics
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Buy a set of ratchet wrenches. If you can bust it loose with a box end wrench, the ratchet wrench will make the rest of your life much easier. If you ever change the battery on an early model Saturn you'll learn to appreciate those beauties. Of course I could be all wrong about the space issue. Pictures please.
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Buy a set of ratchet wrenches.
they're also handy for reaching the bolts connect the bellhousing of the transmission to the chevy 350 motor in a 1990 truck! I just bought me a set the other day for that particular project!
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