How to install braided brake lines

We all know the importance of effective braking in any vehicle. Brakes aren’t simply installed to keep the person inside the safe, but they also ensure that those around aren’t the victim of a nasty collision.

Not only is the presence of brakes necessary in a vehicle, but they should also be as effective as possible. This ensures that brakes can be pressed whenever they are needed and can bring the vehicle to a stop quickly, so it doesn’t collide with anything in front.

Brake hoses are used as part of the overall braking system and are considered vital if you want to have successful brakes. But how do you implement them should you be making a vehicle from scratch? Or what if you want to replace an old and tired brake hose with something new?

This blog post will provide some insight as to how you can install braided brake lines effectively.

Removing the old brake line

If looking to install a new braided brake line, then it’s important that you see if the old one has been removed or not. To do this, you will need to lift the car on jack stands to access the underneath and remove the relevant wheel. You will then have to check the brake fluid and use your wrench and slightly open the top connection.

You should now ease open the other side without taking it off completely, before removing the mounting bracket clip. Then unscrew the top connection completely and finally unscrew the hose from the caliper.

Installing a new brake line

So you want to connect a new braided brake line to your vehicle, but how do you do so? The reason we quickly went over how to disconnect your old brake line is because installing a new one is the opposite process.

This means that you have to:

Screw the new hose into the caliper

Much like the removing your brake line, you should look to screw the hose in loosely, without tightening it all the way. Be sure to thread the connections carefully, ensuring that all of the threads are aligned.

Place the top connection into the mounting bracket

To make sure that the hose is secure, you should ensure the slots are aligned properly, so that the hose can’t rotate. But it’s important that the hose still isn’t fully secured in the bracket, so we can continue to modify it later on in the process.

Tighten the top connection nut and use a hammer to tap in clips

You can now make the nut tighter to make the top connection more secure. After this, use a hammer to secure the mounting clips. This shouldn’t take much force, so make sure you don’t go overboard and have a little too much enthusiasm!

Then, you can finally tighten down both connections, by using one hand to tighten them before using the wrench to tighten it is as much as you can for maximum security.

Clean and repeat if necessary

In case any brake fluid escapes during the process, you should clean up the excess with a rag as this fluid can cause damage if left unattended. You can then repeat the process for all hoses that need to be replaced.