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Old 03-24-2013, 03:28 PM   #1
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Brake line (I think) burst

Can someone help me out? Driving the jeep and had to slam on my brakes due to someone else being dumb...

immediately the brake light came on. I got home and there was a pool of orangish fluid under the drivers side door. I am assuming I popped a brake line. I will post a pic of it.

info: 2001 Jeep wrangler 4.0 manual if it helps.

Can anyone help diagnose and point me in the right direction for what I should do.

Thanks guys!

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Old 03-24-2013, 03:30 PM   #2
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Pic... Should I not drive it??
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Old 03-24-2013, 03:31 PM   #3
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How is the brake fluid level in the reservoir?
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Level Looks ok.... Smells like shit. Probably due to flush it.
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Level Looks ok.... Smells like shit. Probably due to flush it.
A good flush is always a good thing. If your fluid level is good it's hard to believe that leak is from the brake line though.
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Old 03-24-2013, 04:03 PM   #6
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Update. When I hit the brake it leaks more.
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Old 03-24-2013, 04:13 PM   #7
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Stop driving it and fix the busted brake line.
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Old 03-24-2013, 04:23 PM   #8
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Ok. Couple of questions.


1. Is this something I can get at a a local auto supply store ( no lift so nothing special)

2. Is this something I can do myself?

I have never worked on a car (mainly b/c I have always had small complicated imports). I bought this with the feeling that I should be able to do stuff like this. I would like to try this if you think this is pretty basic of a fix.
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Old 03-24-2013, 04:26 PM   #9
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You first need to examine the rest of the brake lines. You might need to replace them all. If the rest of the lines look good then you can either replace just that whole run of line or splice in a new piece.
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definitely something you can do yourself. Auto store will have the lines...probably will have quite a selection. Might have several different lengths with the ends already flared, or you might get a coil, and do the flares yourself. Either way is simple. I like doing the flares myself because that way you don't run into problems with having the wrong length.

here's a youtube I found real quick of how to make the flares. I think you can get a cheap flare tool for maybe 30 bucks or so.



get a buddy to help bleed the brakes after replacing the lines, and you're good to go. Might be a bit tedious the first time, but once you get the hang of it its no problem.
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A good flush is always a good thing. If your fluid level is good it's hard to believe that leak is from the brake line though.
Look closer at what the leak is doing to the paint. If he hadn't replied that it was leaking when he stepped on the pedal, the bubbling paint is a dead giveaway that it is brake fluid.
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Old 03-24-2013, 06:35 PM   #12
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I think I may take my foray into DIY with this. How long of a job do you think this is? Tools needed?
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You'll need a wrench or two to turn the fittings, a tubing bender, and if you get unflared brake lines then you'll need a tubing cutter and flare tool, and some fittings.

Any autoparts store should have everything you need.
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Look closer at what the leak is doing to the paint. If he hadn't replied that it was leaking when he stepped on the pedal, the bubbling paint is a dead giveaway that it is brake fluid.
The picture is not so clear on my phone. Just looks like drops or beads of fluid. Thanks though!
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Just removed the brake line.... Now to get it replaced....
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Update!! Got it done! Thank you all for the great help! I have never done anything on a car before and this was a great learning experience. Anything to watch out for over the next couple of days? The brake was firm, I did not loose any fluid (as of yet) and I was able to come to a firm stop.

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What size and length brake line did you use, I need to replace mine today. Thanks 0IIII0
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Old 01-18-2014, 11:39 AM   #18
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What size and length brake line did you use, I need to replace mine today. Thanks 0IIII0
I actually went to a shop with the old one and they made a new one for me... I think it was well worth the $$$ as I didn't have the tools to do it the right way. I would suggest removing the whole thing and taking measurements as each brake will have a different length. I believe all gauges are a standard size.

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