There are a few reasons to change the front brake hose on your vehicle; the most common is a leak. This issue can cause your brakes to malfunction since it’s the front brake hose that supplies fluid. It runs from the brake master cylinder to your front brake calipers, if the brake caliper does not have the required supply of brake fluid, they will not push down the brake pads on the rotor to stop your car. Fortunately, replacing the front brake hose on your vehicle is not a difficult project. There are a few very important steps that you must follow; however, to be sure your vehicle is safe.
1 – SET UP
The first thing you want to do for this kind of repair is to jack up your vehicle and remove the tire. Be sure to place your jack stands in a safe area so that the car will not fall; this is a very important safety step Next, place a container under the front brake hose. This will catch the brake fluid in the hose so you can dispose of it appropriately.
2 – TAKE OUT THE OLD HOSE
Before you can replace the new front brake hose, you have to take out the old one. To do this, take your line wrench and loosen the hose fitting in the master cylinder. After that, remove the fitting on the brake caliper. Then, all you want is a screwdriver to remove the hose clamps that hold the hose in place.
3 – INSTALL A NEW HOSE
Now you are in shape to install the new hose. Simply fit the hose back on the master cylinder first, and then onto the brake caliper. Lastly, reattach the hose clamps as well.
When tightening the hose, it is very vital not to cross tread the fitting, as this will cause it to leak. Also, be careful to not over tighten. You can easily break or crack the fitting instead.
4 – BLEED THE BRAKES
The final and most important step in the repair is to bleed the brakes, which involves getting all the air out of the new hose. If you don’t, the air in the lines can interfere with the proper operation of your brakes.
Fill the brake fluid reservoir. Then, stay near the caliper and have the person inside the vehicle pump the pedal three times and hold it down on the third. While they are holding the pedal, you need to back off the nut and the caliper. Do this process a few times until all the air is out. Then, replace the wheel, take your vehicle off the jack, and test your repair in safe area.