How to Install Brake Lines

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Installation Steps

So, the simple solution to bolster your braking system is to install brake lines that won’t flex. Stainless steel brake lines fit the bill perfectly and directly replace your car’s factory brake lines. Here’s how you install them:

1. Secure your ride

  • Find a clean & level place to work on your car
  • Raise and secure your vehicle by its chassis with a floor jack and jack stands

2 . Be ready for a mess

  1. Brake lines are full of fluid, when you undo them, they will leak, so prepare for it
  2. Place a drip pan under the hose you’re replacing
  3. Weagloves and face protection. Brake fluid is corrosive & poisonous, so you definitely don’t want it in your eyes, mouth or on your skin for long

Pro Tip: Brake fluid also removes paint. If you touch a fender or the hood with a fluid-covered glove, clean it up immediately with a damp cloth

3. Replace your hoses

  • Keep your car’s master cylinder topped off as much as possible during this process. And if possible, don’t let all of the fluid drain out of the master cylinder. It will make it easier to bleed the system later
  • Remove any hold-down clips attached to the line you’re working on and unscrew it from its hose fittings. Be ready for some fluid leakage
  • Install the new stainless steel line and any included gaskets, washers or clips
  • Clean the area of residual brake fluid and move on to the next hose

4. Bleed your brakes

  • Once all of your hoses are replaced you need to remove air that’s now trapped inside of the braking system
  • Use a brake bleeder tool, gravity bleed the system, or have a buddy help you with the ‘ole pumping pedal method or refer to our guide on bleeding brakes if you’re still not sure
  • Top off the brake master cylinder with fresh brake fluid

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