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Old 11-17-2012, 05:05 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default 02 Rear broken brake lines

Today I decided it was time to check the rears in our 02 Taurus SEL. Sure enough the rears were worn enough to replace. I also noticed that the drivers side wheel cynlinder was toast. All went well breaking everything down except for removing the rigid brake line from the flex line to the wheel cynlinder. Of course the line twisted and snapped when I removed it.

I figured if I was doing one wheel cynlinder I might as well do both and wouldn't you know it the other line broke as well.

Attached are pictures of them. Now these little buggers are short and obviously have some tight bends. I'll admit I've not bent my own lines and have no tools to do so. I don't even know if such lines are available in OEM pre-bent, and if they are what they would cost.

What options do I have?
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Old 11-17-2012, 05:18 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Same problem on my '03. You can get them from Ford. I just can remember exactly but I think they were just under $100 each.
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Thanks Blueox. I had called my local Ford dealer before they closed and they confirmed they could order them (at the time only the first broke) and I think the parts guy said around 55. Cripes man, that's a lot...

I might try the u-pull tomorrow.
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^+1 on the self service salvage yard.
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Grumble, grumble the local u-pull is closed tomorrow .

I'll try parts source to see what I can come up. This is the wife's daily driver.
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Geez........

Measure the line, take it with you to any parts store and match up the ends/length, purchase said line. Get it home, put some easy, non-complicated, round bends on them, bleed the brakes and VIOLA....... a less than $10 fix. When bending use your fingers to gradually put a bend in it. It's not hard at all.

Parts like that in a u-pull-it yard are almost gaurenteed to have the same problem.
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Excuse me Sousa, I'm not an expert at these things. That's why I asked for help.

Nonetheless, thanks for your suggestion, I will do just that.

As I had mentioned I had not done this sort of thing before. Oh the joys of forums
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A follow up to this one. Tonight after looking closely at the line I removed I discovered that one of the fittings was a different size. If you look very closely at the pictures I've posted you can actually see it.

When I went back to the car to try and determine which fitting differed I immeadiately found that the passenger side line fitting which attaches to the flex line is the one that is different. It is larger. When I looked even closer I saw that our rear passenger side strut looks to have been replaced.

I can't be 100% sure if I went and purchased OEM lines that the passenger side line might have one fitting larger, but I'd almost bet even money it would not.

Bottom line it looks like I'll be making my own lines and re-using the original fittings (which I've already drilled out).
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I doubt you will find one at the yard that you can pull without having the same problem you have had with your vehicle.

Yah $55 seems right. I could not remember exactly what I paid. Thought it was $100 each. Might have been for both.
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Try www.tousleyfordparts.com. They have 20% and 35% discount depending on the part.
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