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    So I finally got to taking off my rear brake lines (what a PITA on jack stands). Never mind that line wrenches only helped me get a few flare nuts off, while the other half still rounded.... I think I figured out my leak. I expected to find my flare be cracked at the joint above my rear diff as that is where it was leaking. Instead, the joint looked perfectly ok. The flare nut on the stainless steel lines though (female side) looked pitted inside like it has some white corrosion. My best guess is this caused the line to stop sealing and therefore leak.

    Anyone else ever run into this before? I have never seen or heard of this happening and I can't figure out why it would happen? Plus the car doesn't get driven in the winter. It had one winter where it saw a bit of salt for less than a week as I was forced to drive it.

    I'll throw some pics up shortly...my guess is I have to replace my SS braided lines - and also my brake lines since I wrecked half the nuts removing it...

    2002 SOM Z28 Camaro - 12.9 @ 104 mph
    1996 3800 Camaro - 13.43 @ 100.77 mph


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  • #2
    That sucks Mike, in AZ we don’t get to much rust and no salting the roads. Yeah post some pics. On a side note my line wrenches sucks when replacing my lines in January, had to use vice grips.
    08' L76 6.0L 4X4 Chevy EXT.Cab LTZ Vortec MAX with Snug top cover, Dynomax exhaust,Hptuners& K&N intake
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    • #3
      Wow, I didn't know that can even happen.

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      • #4
        Getting all fancy here with your brake line failures. Mine just rust at the flare nut threads like normal.

        (Never seen it before. Looking forward to pics.)

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        • #5
          I hate the nut flare and how they seize in lol. I rounded them even with the line wrench ...

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          2002 SOM Z28 Camaro - 12.9 @ 104 mph
          1996 3800 Camaro - 13.43 @ 100.77 mph


          Project Cars | How To Guides | Scratch Repair | Synthetic Oil

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          • #6
            Huh. How odd. It's all pitted, just like you said. I don't think I've seen that before.

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            • #7
              Finally ordered some new brake hoses from Rockauto. I just went with rubber lines this time. I need to get some replacement brake lines, but thinking if I measure it out properly I can maybe just 2 prefabbed lines and cut down on my headaches.

              With any luck I might get to it this weekend. Work has been insanely crazy lately and me and the girlfriend bought a pre-build house at the beginning of the year that hopefully should be done early next year, but seems like every week we need to make some kind of a decision for it.

              2002 SOM Z28 Camaro - 12.9 @ 104 mph
              1996 3800 Camaro - 13.43 @ 100.77 mph


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              • #8
                Nice Mike, post some pics as you go. I’m sure I’ll need to replace my line’s someday. Being 25 years old next month.
                08' L76 6.0L 4X4 Chevy EXT.Cab LTZ Vortec MAX with Snug top cover, Dynomax exhaust,Hptuners& K&N intake
                96' Camaro M5 to A4 conversion, alot of mods ,see Homepage. GT35R Turbo http://www.cardomain.com/ride/244123...vrolet-camaro/
                https://www.facebook.com/steve.starcher.18

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                • #9
                  Will do. I was debating running new line from the front to the back as the line is looking a little rusty. I opted to only fix what is broken. If it can last me a few more years I plan to hopefully install a lift in my garage within a year after getting the house. With that I can actually move around easier. The girlfriend isn't the biggest fan though lol

                  2002 SOM Z28 Camaro - 12.9 @ 104 mph
                  1996 3800 Camaro - 13.43 @ 100.77 mph


                  Project Cars | How To Guides | Scratch Repair | Synthetic Oil

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                  • #10
                    Yeah my next house, hopefully will have a garage, a lift would be awesome. Can you coat the brake lines so they don’t rust. Mines 25 years old and no rust so far.
                    08' L76 6.0L 4X4 Chevy EXT.Cab LTZ Vortec MAX with Snug top cover, Dynomax exhaust,Hptuners& K&N intake
                    96' Camaro M5 to A4 conversion, alot of mods ,see Homepage. GT35R Turbo http://www.cardomain.com/ride/244123...vrolet-camaro/
                    https://www.facebook.com/steve.starcher.18

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