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I Changed Left Rear Axle Brake Line and It Also Helped With Bleeding and Spongy Brakes!

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by jboudreaux1965, Jul 3, 2020.

  1. Jul 3, 2020 at 7:14 PM
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    jboudreaux1965

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    I changed my left rear axle brake line today because it got bent recently. I went with a copper nickle line and instead of shaping it with the sharp bends at each end like it was from Toyota, I used smoother curves. Obviously it fixed my problem, but I noticed something else. The smoothed out curves also has made it alot easier to bleed the brakes and get rid of the spongy brake pedal. Just bleeding the brakes used to take me hours, after changing that one stupid brake line.... Like 20 minutes.

    I think those 2 drastic bends at the ends of that line restrict the flow just enough so that once you let off of the brake, the pressure release is slightly hendered.

    In any case, it's worth looking into if you have brake Gremlins you can't find.

    If you want to try it, everything was under $100 and takes about an hour to make your template out of coat hanger, cut and shape your new tube, remove old line, remove old fittings, put old fittings on new line, make the flares and install the new line. I HIGHLY recommend the Titan flare tool, I should have bought this thing years ago, perfect flares, the first time, everytime, in under 1 minute!

    If you don't already have the speed bleeders, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND getting those too!

    (FYI if you order the brake line shown below you will have to use your old fittings, the ones that come on that tube DO NOT fit Tacoma's!!!! I ordered that one because it was cheaper and since your going to have to cut and flare it anyway, just save money and reuse your old fittings :) )

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  2. Jul 3, 2020 at 7:25 PM
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    Well done. Might have to investigate doing this myself, but using stainless steel tubing since it's more readily available.
     
  3. Jul 3, 2020 at 7:38 PM
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    Thanks bro! Everything is readily available on Amazon, lol! I tried every parts place within 20 miles to find copper nickle line local, had to end up ordering it.
     
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  4. Jul 4, 2020 at 5:51 PM
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    Great write up. Will have to look into doing this. Thanks.
     
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