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Old 12-28-2010, 03:38 PM
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brake line failure

had my first brake line blowout/rust out yesterday.backed down my boat ramp at the river to go hunting.after unloading the boat the brake pedal goes to the floor.what a great time for it to blowout!at least my buddy was there his 4 wheel drive to pull the boat back out after we were done.turns out the whole line was rusted from the connection at the engine compartment back to the rearend.they outta make them out of stainless or something.
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You can use the emergency/parking brake for these emergencies.

Replacing the brake lines with stainless steel lines will prevent future problems.
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I have been a proponent of "rust belt" and "non rust belt" equipped vehicles for a while now. Those of us in the mild and salt free climes don't need the protection (and COST!) of all the rust resistant materials and coatings you guys do - whereas you could use a lot more.
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For years I have questioned why vehicle manufacturers aren't demanded to use stainless brake lines. It is a huge safety deal.
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High corrosion areas are not limited to salt states, but also coastal areas.

Brake lines should be inspected every time a brake job is done.

Even stainless steel rusts.
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Even stainless steel rusts.

If it is low grade.
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There is this new brake line out now for a couple years. It doesn't rust and bends nice and flares even better..Its got a light copper color..you can bend into anything with your hands..

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^ Is it just copper coated steel?
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Not steel. Its a copper nickel mix I think.. I will get the name,, brand for you.
Austin Healey brake line kit
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If it is low grade.


Or galvanic corrosion when it is mounted against dissimilar metals...

Nothing is forever.
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For years I have questioned why vehicle manufacturers aren't demanded to use stainless brake lines. It is a huge safety deal.
It is for a very small percentage of the population - namely those people who keep vehicles 10+ years in high salt climates and don't inspect on a regular basis. But a non-issue for the vast majority of us. Even my 40 year old vehicle has very, very little rust on even the uncoated mild steel components.

Personally, if legislation is determined to be the answer (and I don't think it is...):
Rather than requiring higher cost materials for all, I would prefer legislation to force people in high risk areas to inspect and repair their vehicles. There is a lot more at risk than just brake lines. Or take to the Japanese extreme and require replacement.
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It is for a very small percentage of the population - namely those people who keep vehicles 10+ years in high salt climates and don't inspect on a regular basis. But a non-issue for the vast majority of us. Even my 40 year old vehicle has very, very little rust on even the uncoated mild steel components.

Personally, if legislation is determined to be the answer (and I don't think it is...):
Rather than requiring higher cost materials for all, I would prefer legislation to force people in high risk areas to inspect and repair their vehicles. There is a lot more at risk than just brake lines. Or take to the Japanese extreme and require replacement.

You'd laugh to hear I claimed on the perforation warranty!

Hence, I am developing a treatment system that will essentially, stop rust cold for 3 to 5 years at a time, once applied.
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You'd laugh to hear I claimed on the perforation warranty!

Nope! It just reminds me of one of the reasons I put up with the (bountiful) negatives of living where I do! When I get a vehicle, I tend to keep it a while. Most have well over 300K before I let them go. Well, except motorcycles... The last one only had 80K - but that was because my nephew wanted it so bad.

Rust? Whazzat?
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Not steel. Its a copper nickel mix I think.. I will get the name,, brand for you.
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Or galvanic corrosion when it is mounted against dissimilar metals...

Nothing is forever.

Which should only be at the caliper and in which case the caliper should be at the other end of a rubber hose.
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