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Need to replace a hard brake line - how difficult?


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Yesterday, I decided to replace my original soft brake lines with stainless brake lines. I had gotten three of the new lines on, and was working on the right front brake line, when I rounded off the nut that is attached to the hard lines on the car. Luckily, I rounded it off before getting loose, so I just tightened the other end and left the original soft brake line on.

The brake lines that are currently on the car don't really look worn, and so don't really need to be replaced soon, but they will need to be replaced, I'll have to run a new hard brake line to the passenger's front wheel. How difficult a job is this? I assume you have to remove the bumper cover. Does anyone have any ballpark as to what a new hard line would cost?

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Does anyone at least know where the front right brake line runs? Does it run inside the front trunk, behind the bumper, etc.?

it runs up under the fender to the ABS modulator. if you open the front trunk & remove the plastic covering from around the master cylinder, you'll see the ABS unit. if you remove the wheel well liner, you'll see the brake line.

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Invest in a set of tubing wrenches, or borrow one, if you intend to replace it. You may not be able to buy a new preformed line and will have to form one yourself. Not difficult if you have any experience with tubing benders. I have done some on my truck.

I did order the preformed tubing from the dealer. I also was using a tubing wrench when I was working on it. It's just that the wrench slipped (the fitting wasn't coming loose) and the the nut got rounded off.

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Steve, please post your results. I had a battery outgass and the vent tube is right over the same nut/fitting (stupid place, huh?) that you are replacing. I know if I ever touch that nut, it's going to round off, so I will have to replace the whole line at some point. Maybe, I'll do it the next time I flush the lines.

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