Re: Fitting braided hoses - Help!
Hi, before you go any further check the end fittings to make sure they are the correct type, I just got a set of HEL hoses and the fittings are the reverse of the ones on my 156 (I checked with a Goodridge supplier and was told they are the same as the HEL). I originally fitted a set of OMP hoses but one of them got damaged. The HEL ones have a convex (domed) shape on the inside of the fitting which attaches to the car, and concave (dished) at the caliper end, these require copper crush washers to seal the joint between the hose and caliper, the correct fiting is domed and self sealing. At the car end, if your solid hose has a domed end then the odds are that the dome in the solid line and the dome in the braided hose will combine to prevent the nut on the solid line from threading onto the fitting far enough to engage sufficiently to put enough torque onto it to seal the joint (at best) and/or strip the bottom couple of turns off the nut (at worst), check the new fittings look the same as the end fittings on the first hose you remove from the car. The caliper end is not a big deal as crush washers will work, if the other end is incorrect don't go any further as you may end up needing to have a new brake line fitted from the abs to the wheel arch. I got a set of new hoses from a guy called Alfaman in Harrow, he advertises in Auto Italia, they cost about £70 not including postage.
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