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Old 10-18-2009
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Oh how one problem leads to many more! Brake line blew!

So today I went to the girlfriends, got there, I was waiting for her to come outside, I was holding the brake and all of a sudden, I hit the floor. I thought ok, maybe it was a fluke, pull out to a stop sign and lost all my brakes, and barely stopped, low and behold a big puddle of fluid.
So I managed to drive home using the parking brake, lets just say that is not any fun.

So, I get the bed off roll into the garage and start pulling things apart, get my line and fittings, had to use a 70 and 36 line to make it from front to back. Taking off the old line I break the line going to the driver rear tire, all the flare nuts on the long line. I managed to get it all hooked up today, in the process, I also put on new anti-rattle clips and broke them.



I also thought it would be a good idea to check my bearings, the wheels rolled freely, driver side had some wiggle, but you would never have guess what was inside the hubs. I'm surprised my wheel didn't fall off. I was full of rust. I replaced those, although I couldn't get the bearing seats out for the inner bearings, they were in there good and I beat on then for a good 10 minutes. I managed to strip out one nut, thank god it was a nut and not the spindle.


So After all that I want to get the brakes bled. Well, damn, the bleeders wont budge! I did all this for nothing, I should have just slapped a for sale sign on it and sold it for 500, would've got my money back for it.
I have it soaking in PB and managed to get the rear pass bleeder loose, the rest are seized on good. I stripped the front pass side already, the front driver is getting there and the rear driver isn't budging. Replacing the rear cylinders aren't a big deal, they're cheap enough, the calipers on the other hand are not. If I have to replace the calipers I might as well put on some f350 brake lines to free up my wheel travel, I'm losing a good 4 inches because of the stock lines with the f150 coils.
I've read of heating the bleeders up red hot and breaking them free that way, my father in law who owns a shop said that will destroy the seals inside, makes sense. Other have said weld a nut onto the bleeder and crack it that way, i have a welder no biggie, but I could end up breaking the bleeder in half.
I'm in real need of suggestions, this is a beater truck, not my daily driver, it's only for hauling my karts and junk, I don't want to spend more than I already have, today has cost me close to 100, and will probably lose a day of work as my back is killing me, I might have pulled it.


TL;DR Bleeder screws are seize, I sure as hell ain't buying new calipers. Need suggestions!
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You are just Mr. Unlucky today arent you? lol
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You are just Mr. Unlucky today arent you? lol
You have no idea. Its one after another! I made about 12 trips to autozone, half not being my fault, they gave me metric lines and fittings.
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Icon11 SUKS!

Been there, done that back in the late 80's in a 78 Malibu wagon, came up to make a u-turn at a no light intersection, the car in front of me spiked his brakes, I hit mine, they grabbed for bout 5 seconds then boom straight to the floor, and I hit the guy in front of me. I through it into neutral, set the E-brake (factory 3spd on the floor car) and got out to make sure they was ok and assess the damage. Just bent my front plate a lil' and dented his trunk lid. Looked under the car and RF line had exploded. TERRIBLE feelin when ya can't do nothin in that split second!
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I am saying this not to be an @ss but more to make a point.
If some "preventive maintenance" was performed then some of this could have been prevented.
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