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My 1983 De Lorean DMC-12, VIN 16908

New Brake Hoses

Two years ago, a fellow Delorean owner had one of the original brake hoses fail. The hose was acting as a check valve, so when the brakes were applied, the caliper would not retract. I helped the owner replace his front hoses to fix this issue. I had also read about other problems with the original brake hoses. Looking to avoid any problems, and desiring the firmest brake pedal possible, I decided to replace my original brake hoses.

My car club’s spring tech session was hosted at a local repair shop, where we had a car lift available. This was my best opportunity to get all four of hoses replaced.

Disconnecting and re-connecting the hoses on an automatic transmission car for the back wheels is a major PITA. The transmission being in the way makes access very difficult. Being at a repair shop, I could borrow the metric crowfoot flare nut wrenches and extensions needed.

I didn’t get many pictures because I was focused finishing before we had to leave the shop.

New Hoses:

Installed:

Old hoses:

After getting everything installed, and bleeding the brakes, I found brake pedal was still soft. At home, I made sure all the connections were tight, bought some more brake fluid, and bled them again. This time the brake pedal is the firmest it’s ever been!

Costs:

Item Purchase Date Vendor

Quantity

Unit Cost

Cost

Shipping

Tax

Total

Castrol 12614 Dot 4 Synthetic Brake Fluid

5/17/2018

Sparomobile

1

$ 15.95

$ 15.95

$ –

$ 1.27

$ 17.22

Flexible Brake Line Kit Stainless

3/4/2018

DeloreanIndustries.com

1

$ 129.95

$ 129.95

$ –

$ –

$ 129.95

Castrol 12614 Dot 4 Synthetic Brake Fluid

5/21/2018

Amazon.com

1

$ 13.95

$ 13.95

$ –

$ –

$ 13.95

Total

$ 161.12

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