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#1 river junky

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Posted 05 February 2012 - 09:30 PM

I have had a brake pipe burst and have 2 questions

1 What size pipe will it be

2 do I have to replace the whole pipe or can i just change the section that has gone

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Posted 05 February 2012 - 10:02 PM

Brake pipe comes in one size, replace the whole section from where it joins because you have to flare the ends with a brake pipe tool and you cant flare the pipe thats on the car as it isnt copper like the new brake pipe.

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Posted 05 February 2012 - 10:25 PM

Brilliant thanks for the reply

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Posted 06 February 2012 - 11:31 AM

You can flare the existing pipe its harder than the copper but is more than possible, using a decent flaring tool and saves trying to do a whole sections that twists and turns.

There is also different pipe diameters and flare nut sizes you need 3/16 pipe and M10 nuts which are pretty common sizes !!

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Posted 06 February 2012 - 07:00 PM

Most replacement brake pipe for cars is 3/16, go to the parts desk and ask for a roll of brake pipe and they wont ask what size, its pretty much the standard, thats all we use in the garage is 3/16 pipe, why replace one section when you might as well do it all? Replace a bit then another bit and another your going to have joints all over your pipe, you might as well replace the whole section then its done instead of having lots of joints in it.

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Posted 06 February 2012 - 08:34 PM

Most replacement brake pipe for cars is 3/16, go to the parts desk and ask for a roll of brake pipe and they wont ask what size, its pretty much the standard, thats all we use in the garage is 3/16 pipe, why replace one section when you might as well do it all? Replace a bit then another bit and another your going to have joints all over your pipe, you might as well replace the whole section then its done instead of having lots of joints in it.


What if his local parts place does ask because they sell different types?
What if hes buying cheaper on eBay and would be shown 3/16, 1/4, 5/16 or in mm searching for copper brake pipe, same as the unions etc?

He also asked if it can be done in sections or whole piece...you said replace whole as can't flare the orignal pipe, which wasn't true, but I agree if its not to difficult then replace the whole section, but twists and turns can be dificult working on ramps/axle stands etc!

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