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Old 10-03-2011, 10:11 PM
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Hi, My brake line from the front to the rear axle needs replaced. I would like to know what the metal blocks are that are located on top of the rear axle + the one behind the front wheel well liner. Are these 'blocks' just a metal block OR are they mechanical in relationship to the ABS? I would like to eliminate the front block and run new tubing from the ABS unit to the rear axle. IS this doable? OR can someone shed light on what these blocks are? thanks!
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If it were me I wouldn't change the setup, I'd just replace the line. The metal blocks are usually fluid distribution blocks that equalize the brake pressure between 2 or more calibers/drums. If you eliminate them, more than likely your truck will throw a code and you may have issues with a wheel locking up. Your brakes are a safety issue, I wouldn't go doing any custom mods on them unless there are kits specifically designed to do so. Just my 2 cents. Good Luck!
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If it were me I wouldn't change the setup, I'd just replace the line. The metal blocks are usually fluid distribution blocks that equalize the brake pressure between 2 or more calibers/drums. If you eliminate them, more than likely your truck will throw a code and you may have issues with a wheel locking up. Your brakes are a safety issue, I wouldn't go doing any custom mods on them unless there are kits specifically designed to do so. Just my 2 cents. Good Luck!
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I agree ^. The front block is likely a proportioning block to send different pressures to each wheel, and the rear block is usually just a T, no real issue replacing or removing this but you do need it to split one line into two for each rear wheel...
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UPDATE on REAR block on top of axle. I think I know what I'm looking at, but maybe others can chime in. The block on top of the rear axle that receives the brake line from the front not only is for the brake system; ie splitting the feed to both L/R rear brakes, but ALSO the 4th line coming out of it, a rubber tube to the top of the L wheel is the AXLE BREATHER built into 1 block? I'm sure that is what I'm seeing. Fortunately, I don't have to mess with them. With PB blaster + vice grips, I was able to remove the terribly corroded fittings. After brushing off all of the rust, I believe they were once 9mm; but they rounded off and had to use the vice grips. Thanks to the creator of that tool! d)
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While at the stealer today to pick up 2 front speed sensors, I asked a mechanic about the block on top of the rear axle. It is in fact a breather for the axle that RUNS THROUGH the block for the rear brake -- 1 in/2 out + the breather for the axle passes through this brake fluid distribution block. WHY??? Your guess is as good as any!!!
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