How tight should brake line fittings be?
As a general rule from finger tight, continue tightening the nut until you feel it draw down tight, then tighten approximately 1/6″ turn more. Do not over-tighten.
Can u use compression fittings on brake lines?
Do not use a compression fitting on your brake system. When you are on the road not only your safety but the safety of others is at risk if you have a compromised brake system. When you press your brake pedal the PSI (pounds per square inch) exerted on your brake system is great often over 1,000 PSI in normal braking.
Can compression fittings be used on brake lines?
In addition, compression fittings are known to leak when used on brake lines, causing a loss in brake fluid, and ultimately failure of the braking system. You cannot, under any circumstances, use compression fittings to repair the lines on a public transportation vehicle.
Are stainless steel brake lines better?
Braided stainless steel brake lines can withstand the pressure associated with the brake system and don’t swell. As a result, their lifespan is much longer. This means they can maintain high performance over a long period.
Can you bend steel brake lines?
Stainless steel hard lines are not too difficult to bend, but flaring them is. You need a really good flaring tool to make good quality double flares with stainless steel tubing. For show cars and street rods, the polished look of stainless steel is unmatched.
Do you put Teflon tape on brake line fittings?
Do brake lines need Teflon tape? The short answer is no–they do not. The more important point is that you should never attempt to use Teflon tape when attaching brake lines. Not only do brake lines not need Teflon tape, it would be dangerous to use Teflon tape on your brake lines in the first place.
Do you use thread sealant on brake lines?
It’s best to stay away from Teflon tape on any brake/fuel system. Just use any good pipe thread sealant (paste) with Teflon or PTFE, and only on pipe fittings.
Is it legal to splice a brake line?
Contrary to popular belief it is NOT illegal to make a new section of brake line and splice it into a non-rusted section of your old brake, as long as you use automotive grade SAE double/inverted flare, SAE “bubble” flare and DIN Single Mushroom flare unions and fittings.