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Brake Lines in engine compartment... how hard to replace?

Alright... make a long story short. Replaced my shocks tonight, went to drive home... no pressure at all in my brake peddle. Pin point it to one of the small metal brake lines by the top shock mount in the engine compartment, spraying brake fluid everywhere. They're pretty bad, corroded, the trucks a 98 so im not surprised. How hard is this to replace these myself, having never done this before? Thanks guys.

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won't be too hard. is this the line that goes down to the front wheel?? Post a picture of where its at. you can probably just get the hard line form like Napa and bend it yourself. But it may be one of the lines that is metric, then it'll be a *****. sorry bro.
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shouldnt be too hard to replace as long as you have the proper fittings
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I'll get a pic when i can... im going over to finish up the shocks this morning (have to put new bolts in the rear) than start in on that. I've never done anything with the brakes other than replacing the front rotors and pads, so it should be an expierence. Its just one thing right after another with this truck, but with 182k miles i can understand why. Either way my life feels like a country song right now lol My Girlfriend left, my truck broke down... only thing im missing is my dog running away... only a matter of time lol

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Brad, brake lines aren't too bad. Here's my suggestion:

Buy a roll of brake line, a bender and a flare tool. An AP store might even rent you the flare tool, the hand bender is cheap and will do what you need. Either save the old fittings or replace them, your option. I don't know the sizes.






Make sure you install the end fittings on the line BEFORE flaring!
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Any decent auto parts place will also have pre flared lines, you just need to figure out what length you need and what size fittings, then bend. Saves the pain of flaring.
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