Removing a Brake Hose, Retaining Clip & Anti-Lock Mounting Bolt
Disconnect a car's brake hose in order to replace its struts. Learn how to remove a brake hose, retaining clip and anti-lock mounting bolt when replacing front struts on a front-wheel drive vehicle in this free car maintenance video from an automobile repairman.
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In this clip, we're going to talk about the proper service procedure for removing and replacing a front strut on a front-wheel drive vehicle. In this step, we're going to talk about the proper service procedure for removing our brake hose, retaining clip and the mounting bolt for anti-lock wheel speed sensor. This is our brake hose and it runs from the body as a steel line into this rubber hose. Come down around here and clips to an ear on the strut. From there it goes into the caliper. In order to change this strut, we're going to need to disconnect that hose. My tool of preference for these hose clips are a pair of dikes. You can get an amazing amount of grip from the sharp edges on these dikes. Now being that this is made out of a hardened spring steel, you don't have to worry about cutting into with the edges of your dike. Just take and grab a hold of it and jerk it out of position just like so. Your new strut is not going to come with a replacement brake hose clip, so you're going to want to throw this in your magnetic tray for later re-installation. Once you have the clip out of the way, you can take and wiggle your brake hose out of its retaining slot right there. From here, we have our anti-lock wheel speed sensor wire. Now this wire is mounted to the strut as well right here on this side by a 12 millimeter bolt. I'm going to take my 12 millimeter socket and my 3/8th ratchet and go ahead and remove the bolt. Its your typical lefty loosey, righty tighty kind of bolt. Go ahead and slip right on there. You're going to want to take care with these bolts because they are very small. Being at the location that they're in, they're exposed to road debris, salts, slime and things of that nature. They can get excessively corroded. If it excessively corroded, you're not going to want to wrench on it too hard and break it, you're going to want to take your time and work the bolt back and forth, apply WD-40 or even some heat to it to get it out in one piece. I'm going to slip my bolt off the wire just like so. Your new strut is not going to come with a replacement, so make sure to put this in your magnetic tray for later re-installation. Now that is the proper service procedure for removing your brake hose retaining clip and the wheel speed sensor wire mounting bolt.