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Unread 04-30-2007, 08:22 PM   #1
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New rear axel: Brake Line Questions...

Hey guys and gals. i joined a little while back, but i've had this jeep for about 2 years now. I got into a accident and bent up my rear axel. surprisingly the jeep faired well despite the severity of the crash. anyways, im gettin ready to put in a new d35(yes, i know its junk but moneys tight and at $70 its worth it) and i was wondering about my brake lines:

When I unhook em, is there a way to stop the fluid up or am i just going to have to let em run out and bleed it all over again? i'm not sure if i'lkl have to bleed all 4 corners either. do i? you guys really seem to know your stuff here too. i appreciate your help!

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Unread 04-30-2007, 08:50 PM   #2
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If your new axle is the same model D35 that your taking off and your using your odl brakes you can get away without even having to open your brake fluid up. You can remove the entire rear brake assembly from both sides (still have the fluids attached, just unbolted from the axle housing) and ziptie it to the frame, install the new axle, then bolt your brakes back up.

If you HAVE to disconnect your brakes, shove a little bit of paper towel in there and try to stick the brakes up high, that should keep them from leaking. You dont want the fluid to get below the resiour in your master cylinder or else you'll need to re-bleed the master cylinder.
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Unread 04-30-2007, 09:36 PM   #3
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if you have rubber lines the fastest way is to use some vicegrips and pinch them shut. i personally wouldnt do it but ive seen worse.

i made some adapters from napa. use a short piece of metal tubing pinched shut with the proper fitting on it. pull the old and quickly screw on the pinched blockoff. this will limit the mess and allow you to take your time with the rest of the swap.
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