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Old 05-08-2011, 07:28 PM   #1
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Default solder or replace brake line?

I searched on here and couldn't find a clear answer about pinched brake lines(hardline). So I thought I would see if anyone has an answer to my problem. I was dicking around with some hosing I was removing from the fenderwell. one thing led to another due to bad lighting, and I ended up pinching a hole in my line by the coil. Can I solder it or flux weld it? or do you advise replacing the line? do the replacement lines come flared? this is on an all drum falcon if that helps. thanks, ray
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Old 05-08-2011, 07:29 PM   #2
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Default Re: solder or replace brake line?

Do it right... replace line.
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Old 05-08-2011, 07:31 PM   #3
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Default Re: solder or replace brake line?

Definitly a replacement! AutoZone, Napa, etc. have brake lines dirt cheap. It just ain't worth it. Pull the line and measure it to get the closest length. I highly reommend the epoxy coated lines. They form beautifly by hand and last longer than a Falcon.

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Old 05-08-2011, 07:32 PM   #4
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Default Re: solder or replace brake line?

normal brake pressure can exceed 1200 psi. Do you have really trick solder?
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Old 05-08-2011, 07:32 PM   #5
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Replace!!
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Old 05-08-2011, 07:33 PM   #6
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only one thing to do...replace !
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Old 05-08-2011, 07:33 PM   #7
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Default Re: solder or replace brake line?

Replace. When in ANY doubt, always replace.

You can buy pre-flared lines in numerous lengths, or buy a double-flaring too and DIY.
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Old 05-08-2011, 07:34 PM   #8
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Default Re: solder or replace brake line?

Replace it ! IF it was a band spanking new line (I'm assuming it wasn't) you had damaged then you would possibly ok to cut the damage out and flare each end / fit a union . I don't recommend you do this with an old line . Bundy tube/fittings are cheap compared to some of the consequences of not doing this job the right way .


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Old 05-08-2011, 07:35 PM   #9
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Default Re: solder or replace brake line?

Soldering or welding up of a brake line is a no no,,I mean NO NO.

NAPA or any other reputable auto parts houses have brake line in various lengths,already flared.
Take your old 'coil' off,,un-roll in to straight as possible,,measure it,,go to parts house.
Get a new stick of line that's a little bit longer & make a new 'coil',,install,,bleed brakes,,drive.

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Old 05-08-2011, 07:37 PM   #10
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Soldering a brake line = death wish !
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Old 05-08-2011, 07:42 PM   #11
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Solder is for wiring and radiators, not brake lines. Another strong recommendation to replace from here in Kansas.
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Old 05-08-2011, 07:45 PM   #12
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Default Re: solder or replace brake line?

alright. I see a whole hearted agreement on replacing the line. Thanks for the advice. I will take off the line tomorrow. I see that oreilly sells the length i need for 25 bucks.
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Old 05-08-2011, 07:47 PM   #13
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Default Re: solder or replace brake line?

brakes and steering, two things that needs to be "like new" all the time, REPLACE the line. Better be safe than sorry !
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Old 05-08-2011, 09:42 PM   #14
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The amount of pressure that can be put through a brake line and to solder it?? is Russian Roulette. It would be only a matter of time. Replace it without even thinking about it
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Old 05-08-2011, 09:46 PM   #15
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Of course you need to replace it

unless it has great sentimental value or something JK
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Old 05-08-2011, 10:48 PM   #16
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The parts store has the line you need for 25.00? Look for a new parts store. Steel line is cheap.
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Old 05-08-2011, 10:55 PM   #17
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SOLDER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 05-08-2011, 11:13 PM   #18
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You must really be good if you can solder or weld up a brake line!
Replace it and don't become a organ donor.
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Old 05-08-2011, 11:16 PM   #19
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Default Re: solder or replace brake line?

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The parts store has the line you need for 25.00? Look for a new parts store. Steel line is cheap.
I second this! I just picked up a 60" length of 5/16" line for the girlfriends car and it was 8.00 and some change... Thought that was a bit dear! All the lines on the brakes on a Falcon are 3/16" ad should be about that price or less.
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Old 05-08-2011, 11:35 PM   #20
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Default Re: solder or replace brake line?

Aw, go ahead and solder it! I did that once, and I only died a little bit when I overran that corner and hit the busload of nuns. Heck, the car wasn't even that badly damaged- all we had to do was replace everything forward of the rear axle, plus a hipbone and a handful of teeth. And most of the nuns.



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