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Old 10-08-2005, 02:04 PM   #1
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Ok so I came home (to ohio) this weekend with the intent of fixing the hole in my brake lines, which really shouldn't be that hard but of course I didn't know the condition of the lines.

So I slide under there this (rainy, f' mother nature) morning to find that all the lines in the back have atleast some surface rust. In addition to the one that rusted all the way though. I would therefore like to replace all the lines in the back. I haven't looked up front more closely than laying in front of the rear wheel to see if those are still good or not.

I had gone to autozone to hopefully get a section of brake line, but of course I always end up with the douche bags who imediately say that there is no information to look up about the brake lines because they can be different for different models of the same car.

I ended up at another shop, the people in there were really nice blah blah blah, the guy said that if they were to fix the likely hood that the line would start to leak from the front is high because of their age. ( which makes sense ) At which point he stated that replacing all the lines isn't a bad idea. (800-1000ish) He also said to call his good friends shop for a few reasons(I guess he is set up better to do brake line replacement stuff. I'll call him on monday.

What should I do? Realize that I go to college 4.5 hours away and that I dont come home every weekend, I managed to get a ride this weekend.
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Your '96 is a little new to expect that all the brake lines truly need to be replaced - even out East. Surface rust on the lines is not a problem. Rust-through, of course, is. I would not replace brake lines that don't need it. You can couple into them and form your own new lines for the back of the car where needed. The cost of a double flaring tool (maybe $50) and a 25' roll of 3/16" line and some fittings will probably be in the neighborhood of $100.

Some skill is required to do this work, and you need to be careful to locate the new line as near to the same location and properly secured in the existing clips to prevent new problems. That said, $900 is a great incentive to learn how to do this work.

You can take your new tool and practice on some 3/16" tubing until you can form a perfect double flare, and practice some bends too. It would be well worth your time and money.
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I would be more than willing to put all the work into the car but the problem is, between now and next summer I get 2 1 week breaks and 1 that is about a month long. I would like to go back to PA (where all my friends are) so I really dont have the time to fix it all.

Can I buy prebent replacement lines for it??
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Can I buy prebent replacement lines for it??
Yes. Check out this thread...essentially the same question:

http://www.bonnevilleclub.com/forum/...784&highlight=
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