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Old 09-27-2006, 06:44 PM   #15
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I had my master cylinder go bad on a sedan, and while replacing it, I royally destroyed the brakes lines. I didn't know that you have to use a special brake lines wrench, not an open-end wrench, the metal is very soft and will strip and round-off very quickly.

Replacing the brakes lines was a bit ouf of my skills set at the time, and I took it to a small shop, which charged me $200.

These days given exorbitant auto repair expenses, I try to do as much as I can myself, and invest in the best equipment. It pays off just after one job. There is a special tool to bend the brake lines which is the most difficult part of the job, and not very complex at that. Even if destroy 2-3 brake lines in the process and just brake even, And even if you brake even, you have a certain sense of independence and accomplishment.

I only take my vehicle for stuff I cannot do without a lift, like transmission or muffler work. Brakes are easy.
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