How to Install a Brake Hose

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How to install a brake hose and retaining clip. Learn how to remove and replace worn brake hoses in this free video on car maintenance.

Part of the Video Series: How to Replace a Brake Hose
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In this clip, we're going to talk about the proper way to remove and replace worn front brake hoses on a nineteen ninety-one Ford Explorer. In this step, we're going to talk about the proper way to reinstall your brake hose retaining clip, the alignment of your brake hose and starting of the hydraulic line in the back. On this particular vehicle, a ninety-one Ford Explorer the clip is different than any other vehicle. This is actually the tough one. How this works, is your brake hose has a flat portion here. You can see that, let me show it to you that way. See that flat spot. That flat spot aligns with a corresponding flat spot on the body of the vehicle right here. What you're going to do, is line those up just like so. This clip, just imagine you still have it lined up, will slide into this groove here and hold the hose tight to the body. The clip is going to slip on just like so. Your brake line will screw in through here and tighten down. Just due to room, I can't really show you on the vehicle. You may have to take and tap that clip down into position. Alright. You can see the ears are just barely sticking over the top. That is fully seated. You're going to want to go ahead and give a tug on your brake hose to make sure it's secure. Once you have your clip in place and the hose seated, you can go ahead and start the brake line just by screwing it into the back. You're going to want run it down as far as you can by hand. Just because, manipulating a wrench inside here is kind of difficult and the less you have to do the better. I've got in snugged down. Take my eleven millimeter wrench and put it on the fitting. Once you've got it, go ahead and continue turning clockwise until it tightens down. Once you have it tight or approximately a quarter turn farther. And, that is the proper way to install your hose, clip and tighten down the hydraulic fitting.

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