North American Turbocoupe Organization



(PSA) Check your brake lines/hoses.
zip Offline
Member
#1
Last night I had my brakes fail on me due to a busted brake hose coming from the caliper to the brake line. Luckily I was a couple blocks from my parents house and Its a 5spd. If I had checked my lines lately(Like I should have), it probably wouldn't have happened. Just thought I would remind you all to check your lines/hoses if you haven't done so recently.
Matt
86 TC 5spd:QH/SD,Walbro190,CFI 52#, AFPR,WB,FMIC,3"dp to axle, .63 T3, E6,Stock Longblock.
Shelf:N/A 2.3, Die grinder, Carbide Burrs.
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Joe F Offline
Posting Freak
#2
The absolute "youngest" the lines could be if they've never been changed is 24 years old. That's quite a life for something that has a pressurised, semi-corrosive fluid pumped through it. I replaced all mine with custom made stainless steel hoses back in 2003; what a *major* difference it made in brake feel.

Like "zip" says - Be safe. Check 'em if you haven't. Oh, yeah - flush the old fluid and replace with new, too!
JR's Place - My '87 Turbocoupe
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84TBirdTurbo42 Offline
Senior Member
#3
stainless steel lines are the real way to go, increased pedal pressure, because the steel doesnt expand like the rubber hose.

please, i'm a mechanic. always keep this stuff in the back of your mind. maintenance is never a bad thing.

flushing fluid is always good. for those that dont know, brake fluid attracts moisture, and over time can cause the properties of the fluid to go bad. causing brake fade, rusting lines out through the inside.
Chris Perry
1984 Ford Thunderbird Turbo Coupe. Dead, NY rot killed her
1986 Thunderbird shell, swapping parts from the 84.
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BJL Offline
Moderator
#4
i just changed half a brake line on a customer's car. i suggested doing the other siad he declined... the other side was about to break if i touched it.... so i changed it anyway. he got a lil mad about it then i told him if his kids were int he car when it gives out you blame me... i said i cant take a chance... it will cost $50 more to do it. if you dont want to pay us i understand.

one hose that gets neglected is the one from the body to the rear.. they are hard to locate a new one, but everyone ive done has been cracked and dry rotted.
Brian J Larkin
88TC 320k miles
T3, FMIC ,3in stinger exhaust, gillis,
255 walbro, afpr, 5spd swap,spec clutch, sn95 5 lug,.
89 Cougar XR7 3.8SC Auto
95 Ranger Splash 3.0 auto
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Not B Anymore Offline
Administrator
#5
Quote:Originally posted by BJL:
one hose that gets neglected is the one from the body to the rear.. they are hard to locate a new one, but everyone ive done has been cracked and dry rotted.
I still need to replace that one. I've had a new one for probably a year, but I don't think I'll be able to replace it without replacing the metal line as well. They're rusted together pretty good.
Brian Leavitt
'86 TC 5-Speed -- MS2x w/COP | 83 lb. injectors | T3/T4 50 Trim Stage 3 .63AR | Full 3" Exhaust - No Cat | Motorsport FMIC | Ranger Roller | Ported E6 | Walbro 255HP | Kirban | 20psi | 120-amp 3G | 8.8" 3.55 rear | '03 Cobra Wheels
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grey88smokin Offline
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#6
Quote:Originally posted by B:
Quote:Originally posted by BJL:
[b]one hose that gets neglected is the one from the body to the rear.. they are hard to locate a new one, but everyone ive done has been cracked and dry rotted.
I still need to replace that one. I've had a new one for probably a year, but I don't think I'll be able to replace it without replacing the metal line as well. They're rusted together pretty good. [/b]
Kroil, heat and fitting wrenches will get just about anything loose. I have been quite impressed with kroil, and have not stripped or broken any hard lines using the above method.

However you might be right since I have not seen your car.
84 SVO 1C
08 MKZ
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