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Old 06-16-2018, 03:19 PM   #1
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I was pulling into Kroger yesterday and when I braked to pull into my parking spot, the brake pedal went to the floor. Brakes were weak but would work by mashing the pedal....so I limped home. I got under the truck and see that there is pretty good leak in the brake line on the rear passenger side.

I don't drive the truck very much and would like to see if one of those universal brake line kits would be suitable for splicing in a piece of new line to fix the leak, and one other spot that I see is rusted out. I have a flaring tool, but do not have a pipe cutter or bender. Any advice on the trying this; and any hints on how to do it would be most appreciated.

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Old 06-16-2018, 03:50 PM   #2
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No feedback on the brake line kits, haven't tried any of them. I've used tube benders and cutters in the past, they're pretty easy to get the hang of. I know you use to be able to buy lengths of metal brake line from the auto parts stores so you could make your own. Not sure if you still can.

Since you don't drive the truck that often, you might try to find a used, replacement. Local junk yard? A member here, david29, has many replacement parts and he's from Texas so the parts should be rust free.

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Old 06-16-2018, 04:41 PM   #3
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You should be able to make a replacement brake line pretty easily. Most auto parts stores will sell them. A word to the wise: you'll want to buy lines specified for japanese vehicles, otherwise the fittings won't thread in and you'll need some impossible combination of adapters to make it work (ask me how I know). O'Reilly's or NAPA should have them. If you can, try and remove the line in one piece and mock up the new one next to it with it out of the truck.
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Old 06-18-2018, 06:05 PM   #4
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You should be able to make a replacement brake line pretty easily. Most auto parts stores will sell them. A word to the wise: you'll want to buy lines specified for japanese vehicles, otherwise the fittings won't thread in and you'll need some impossible combination of adapters to make it work (ask me how I know). O'Reilly's or NAPA should have them. If you can, try and remove the line in one piece and mock up the new one next to it with it out of the truck.
SBJ - in my vehicle, the brake line from actuator to rear passenger wheel looks like it will require removal of the gas tank to replace. I called NAPA to see if they had the correct brake line and couplings to fit my vehicle. They insist that they do .but that I need to bring a piece of the line in. The bad spot in this line is in the only place that is comparatively accessible with hand tools. I think I can cut it, and flare the end that "stays" from under the vehicle. Also, there is no other rust evident anywhere else along the line. Do you have any other advice before I cut the bad piece out and take it to NAPA? The connection to the braided line is pretty rusted out (the only place.) I sprayed it with PB and am thinking about trying turn the bad section off of the braid. Any additional advice before I attempt a "splice" using brake line and couplings that NAPA says they can provide?
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OK, that's the 2nd time I heard that Japanese Brake lines might not be the "standard" 3/16" OD SAE lines that are in these kits. I'm going to make a visit to O'Reilly's or NAPA. Thanks for the warning SBJ!
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Old 06-18-2018, 08:27 PM   #6
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If you have to cut that section out, a tube flaring kit and a brake line coupler should do the trick.
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Hmm... I'll have to look under the truck when I get home. I've never had to mess with that line before. If you can cut it and make a new piece of line I think that would work fine. You'll need a coupler (union fitting?) to join the two lines together.
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I was pulling into Kroger yesterday and when I braked to pull into my parking spot, the brake pedal went to the floor. Brakes were weak but would work by mashing the pedal....so I limped home. I got under the truck and see that there is pretty good leak in the brake line on the rear passenger side.

I don't drive the truck very much and would like to see if one of those universal brake line kits would be suitable for splicing in a piece of new line to fix the leak, and one other spot that I see is rusted out. I have a flaring tool, but do not have a pipe cutter or bender. Any advice on the trying this; and any hints on how to do it would be most appreciated.

Cheers, Reggie
just measure and buy a new one, bend it your self. they are out there. if the line split there it could split up or down,REPLACE it from end to end! for everyone's safety.
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oh...if yer not used to a double flare operation the flare might leak also. just buy a line the length you need and bend it.
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I just crawled under there and had a look. You're talking about the line that runs in between the fuel tank and the frame, correct? It doesn't look like you need to remove the tank to get it out, there's probably room to get it out. Those plastic brackets that hold it to the frame are going to be brittle, though. Maybe spray them with some PB blaster or something before you start.
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