Dodge Omni/Horizon/Rampage 1978-1989 Repair Guide

Brake Hoses

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It is important to use quality brake hose intended specifically for the application. Hose of less than the best quality, or hose not made to the specified length will tend to fatigue and may therefore create premature leakage and, consequently, a potential for brake failure. Note also that brake hose differs from one side of the car to the other and should therefore be ordered specifying the side on which it will be installed.

Make sure hose end mating surfaces are clean and free of nicks and burrs, which would prevent effective sealing. Use new copper seals on banjo fittings.

REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



Front Brake Hose
  1. Place a drain pan under the hose connections. First, disconnect the hose where it connects to the body bracket and steel tube.
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  3. Unbolt the hose bracket from the strut assembly.
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Fig. Fig. 1 Disconnect the hose bracket from the strut

  1. Remove the bolt to disconnect the banjo connection at the caliper.
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Fig. Fig. 2 Remove the bolt to the banjo connection at the caliper

To install:

  1. Position the new hose, noting that the body bracket and the body end of the hose are keyed to prevent installation of the hose in the wrong direction. First attach the hose to the banjo connector on the caliper.
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  3. Bolt the hose bracket located in the center of the hose to the strut, allowing the bracket to position the hose so it will not be twisted.
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  5. Attach the hose to the body bracket and steel brake tube.
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  7. Tighten the banjo fitting on the caliper to 19-29 ft. lbs. (26-39 Nm), the front hose to intermediate bracket to 75-115 inch lbs. (8-13 Nm), and the hose to brake tube to 115-170 inch lbs. (13-19 Nm).
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  9. Bleed the system thoroughly.
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Fig. Fig. 3 Brake line routing on all vehicles

Rear Brake Hose (Trailing Arm-to-Floor Pan)
  1. Place a drain pan under the hose connections. Disconnect the double nut (using a primary wrench and a backup wrench) at the tube mounted on the floor pan. Then, disconnect the hose at the retaining clip.
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  3. Disconnect the hose at the trailing arm tube.
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To install:

  1. Install the new tube to the trailing arm connection first and tighten to 115-170 inch lbs. (13-19 Nm).
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  3. Then, making sure it is not twisted, connect it to the tube on the floor pan. Again, tighten the connection to 115-170 inch lbs. (13-19 Nm).
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  5. Bleed the system thoroughly.
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