[T3] Brake Hose, again...

Keith Park topnotch at nycap.rr.com
Sat May 3 16:26:11 PDT 2014

NEVER use USED brake hoses, not worth the trouble as new ones are dirt cheap
And readily available.  Brake fluid is hydroscopic and when the systems are
left open it goes bad fast.


Top Notch Restorations
topnotch at nycap.rr.com 
71 Squareback "Hothe"
65 Notchback "El Baja Rojo"
65 Squareback "Eggcrate"
87 golf "Winterat"
93 RX7 "Redstur"

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From: type3-vwtype3.org-bounces at lists.vwtype3.org
[mailto:type3-vwtype3.org-bounces at lists.vwtype3.org] On Behalf Of J. Jonik
Sent: Saturday, May 03, 2014 6:52 PM
To: Type 3
Subject: [T3] Brake Hose, again...

On advice, I changed the questionable front brake hose with another from one
of the parts cars.  Again...and for the 2nd time in my career, all the pedal
pumping and pressure could not get a drop of air or fluid out of either
bleeder valve....and the wheel turned easily as if brake pedal wasn't doing
   What are chances of the same syndrome happening twice?  Do the hoses
automatically go useless after being dry for..well...years?

  Question-   Can a used hose be tested by blowing air through it...or
gently using a thin wire?   My third and last hose, and the one I just
removed, won't let any air through, and the wire barely goes in at all on
both ends.  Should you be able to blow through them?


On 2 May 2014 at 17:02, J. Jonik wrote:

> Re: 71 T-III dual-bleeder-valve brake caliper.

>  But then...no heavy pushing on brake pedal managed to make pedal go
> to the floor Even Though one valve or the other was open.? Once, maybe
> a drop or two of fluid dripped out. No squirt. The brakes could not
> be bled...at least at that wheel.

It's the hose. They deterioriate internally and develop internal 
flaps that tend to block the flow of fluid. Don't be fooled into 
thinking it's all okay. Replace the hose. If one is bad, you might 
want to consider replacing both.

I stock them, but the fronts might be available locally. I have the 
rears also, which you won't find anywhere else.

Jim Adney, jadney at vwtype3.org
Madison, Wisconsin, USA
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