Although the original brake lines on your Ford Focus should last a long time, replacing them with stainless steel lines can help your car last even longer and look better. Stay until the end and discover here how to change a brake line on a ford focus.
Check with your mechanic and get a replacement kit from a reputable dealer before undertaking such extensive maintenance.
Steps to change a brake line on a Ford Focus
Brake lines should last a long time, but at some point they will need to be replaced. The steps to change a brake line on a Ford Focus are as follows:
Raise the car on jack stands and remove the wheel corresponding to the brake line you need. This will help you get to the brake line and access the brake caliper after installation.
1- Open the hood.
Locate the brake master cylinder in the rear of the engine compartment. It is a metal cylinder with a plastic reservoir on top. Trace the brake lines coming out of it and going to each wheel.
Check the entire brake line. It may be divided into sections. If you’re changing a damaged hose, you may only need to change one part.
Notice how the hose is bent and coiled in several places. This reduces stress on the line while driving the car. Fold the replacement line in the same way.
Measure the length of the old tube and compare it to the new one. If the replacement pipe is longer, you should cut it to the length of the original pipe. Next, flare the end to fit the connector pins.
Check the entire brake pipe. Next, flare the end to fit over the connector pins.
2- Remove the brake hose
Remove the brake line by disconnecting the bolts on the master cylinder and the brake line.. You need two line keys because there are two bolts on each connector. Start at the end closest to the brake hose and caliper.
Support any piece of the hose that is still connected with a strong cable. This is especially true of a piece connected to the brake hose on the caliper. You don’t want to stretch or damage the hose in any way.
Plug the holes in the brake hose to prevent excess fluid loss, especially at the end near the master cylinder. Use rubber, a non-absorbent cloth, or any clean material that won’t absorb liquid.
3- Install the new brake hose.
Start at the end closest to the master cylinder and then the hose. Connect the screws to the connectors by hand, and then tighten them with the wrenches on the line.
Cleans the air brake system. Open the bleeder valve on the caliper and place a vinyl tube into it. Have someone else step on the brake pedal to remove the air. Fill the master cylinder if necessary.
Place the wheel and lower the car. Repeat this process for the other ends of the car as needed.
Now that you know the steps to change a brake line on a Ford Focus, you need to know that brake bleeding must include a special test kit issued by Ford if your Focus has anti-lock brakes. Consult a Ford vehicle expert.