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Darthvadet
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Jun 6, 2016, 9:30 AM

Post #1 of 6 (367 views)
Brake fluid Sign In

Hi,
I have a brake fluid leak on my 2001 Honda civic,
I know where it is, I recently purchased the car from my uncle and he put new brake pipes on in it. Anyway I though it could've just been a loose nut but I tried tightening it and it wouldn't go any tighter, when I dry it and pump the brakes after, the liquid seems to be coming from this part.
Any help, would help...

Thanks.


Tom Greenleaf
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Jun 6, 2016, 9:56 AM

Post #2 of 6 (362 views)
Re: Brake fluid Sign In

By calling them "pipes" and not lines I take it this isn't your thing? Right? Totally not safe to be wrong in fixing brakes let alone a known leaking line/connection or improper repair done.
This is common work for any decent shop to make up new sections or whole lines as needed. It's fussy but cheap for parts and requires flaring tools. If whatever patch job was all wrong, cross threaded or done with compression fittings it has to be redone properly - that both not legal if so or safe for real,


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kev2
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Jun 6, 2016, 9:59 AM

Post #3 of 6 (361 views)
Re: Brake fluid Sign In

PRIORITY - limit vehicle usage. maybe stop driving till repaired.
Locate leak, replace brake line, MAYBE check if flairs are double style, not damaged and are correctly seating... refill and bleed brakes.
Brake lines are available already flared and is different lengths.


Discretesignals
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Jun 6, 2016, 3:51 PM

Post #4 of 6 (354 views)
Re: Brake fluid Sign In

Uncle may not have put a good flare on the line or the flare is cracked. Have a reputable shop inspect and repair the problem. Would be important to have a professional look at it to be sure Uncle Billy Bob didn't create any safety concerns.





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(This post was edited by Discretesignals on Jun 6, 2016, 3:53 PM)


Darthvadet
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Jun 7, 2016, 6:03 AM

Post #5 of 6 (340 views)
Re: Brake fluid Sign In

Not particularly my thing.
The only thing is that the garages around here (in france) like to charge a lot of money for work. Im pretty sure my uncle will have put on the new brake line ends on properly as he is a mechanic and knows well, then again. I may just take it to a garage to get done, its not leaking a big amount, I was possibly thinking it could be a missing washer?
Thanks.


Tom Greenleaf
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Jun 7, 2016, 7:32 AM

Post #6 of 6 (333 views)
Re: Brake fluid Sign In

Darthvadet
It takes time more than cost of parts to do this right the first time. I'll try not to expound too much but brake lines are hydraulic line with flare fittings not just hose and clamp stuff. If you had one cross threaded and tightened it may not take a new line to the next spot so continue on to where you can or make up the spot.


That's where legit costs come in. Takes time and a paid tech should NOT do it wrong the first time ever!


I can't know the difficulty factor of location of the problem to make line and an end fit in properly. Not uncommon for a $300 charge for the job and parts of only $10-15USD. The stuff isn't sold ready to just put on is the reason.


Don't freak so much about cost think about the horror of an accident for it not being right!


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