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Old 03-29-2016, 12:35 PM   #1
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Default Brake Line Replacement

Yesterday I noticed the "Brake Fluid" light coming on as I drove to lunch. I knew that I was due to replace the front brakes as the pad wear light has been on for a few weeks. Parts are in hand and it was on the agenda for the weekend. So, I figured the light might be coming on just because the pads were low and the fluid ad been displaced.

When I got back to work, however, I decided I should stand on the pedal just to be sure it didn't sink or anything. A couple of hard pushes and it seemed OK, but the light didn't come on either, which didn't make sense. One more really hard and the pedal gave way, dropping a couple inches. It still seemed firm, though. Something to check on that night.

As I came out to the car at the end of the day, however, there was a nice puddle running out from under the driver's side. I looked under and there's brake fluid dripping from right under the driver's seat. Crap. I bummed a ride home and I'm going to get the car towed home today.

I assume that it's the front to rear hard brake line, but I was wondering if there's anything else in that area (clutch line? It uses the same reservoir, right?) that might be the culprit. Anyone here replace that line? Can I get it pre-bent anywhere?
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Well, got my head under it this weekend. It's wet around the body mount for the brake and fuel lines, probably for moisture trapped in there and rusted the pipe until it started to leak. Interestingly, I have two brake lines running to the back of the car, realoem.com only shows one. Gotta figure out what I need somehow.

I'm wondering if I can patch the line some how? Cut a section out, flare the ends and add in a replacement section. Any thoughts?
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I cut the bad section out, flared the ends and spliced in another line. Still haven't tested it yet due to other complications.
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Got the rest of the car together, everything looks great. No evidence of fluid at the splice. Planning on keeping my eye on it for the next couple of days.
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