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    Default Defender Puma Brake Line chaffing

    Posting this just as a heads up for anyone interested. I noticed I had a bit of hydraulic fluid on the inside of the left front tyre. On inspection I found the solid brake pipe between brake calliper and the brake hose had chaffed through against the baseplate of the coil spring. I am not sure if this was just installed badly, but it looks to me like it would be very easy to have this brake line push up against the coil spring baseplate when you fit this line due to it's shape. I'll be installing a new one ia few days and will fit a rubber sleeve over the area that may contact the metal frame. For what it's worth. pic attached.
    BTW, anyone know where is the best place to get a new brake line. Or get one made up reliably ?

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    Default Re: Defender Puma Brake Line chaffing

    wow, that is nasty!, glad you caught that in time, could have been disastrous..
    Most hydraulic places can custom make them for you, maybe the flexi stainless type will be better ?? dont know, will check mine tonight

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    Default Re: Defender Puma Brake Line chaffing

    I think you are getting every puma owner to check this over the weekend.

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    Default Re: Defender Puma Brake Line chaffing

    Quote Originally Posted by Jakkals. View Post
    I think you are getting every puma owner to check this over the weekend.
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    Default Re: Defender Puma Brake Line chaffing

    Not only on Pumas, had the same problem with my 90td5 on Wednesday

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    Default Re: Defender Puma Brake Line chaffing

    That's a hardline, it shouldn't happen if the installer or service mechanic just bent the hardline away from the danger point.

    I've NEVER seen that on any 4x4 or indeed any other vehicle I've owned.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jelo View Post
    That's a hardline, it shouldn't happen if the installer or service mechanic just bent the hardline away from the danger point.

    I've NEVER seen that on any 4x4 or indeed any other vehicle I've owned.
    I fitted a new hardline today. I bought a straight piece the correct length and custom bent it and made sure it was well clear of any metal frames.
    So I guess the original one was just not installed correctly, or with enough care taken. It is however close to that frame and would be easy for someone not paying enough attention to get it wrong. Thankful I noticed the small leak before it ended in tears , and the fix was a R40 piece of brake line.

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    Default Re: Defender Puma Brake Line chaffing

    Quote Originally Posted by BushyT View Post
    Posting this just as a heads up for anyone interested. I noticed I had a bit of hydraulic fluid on the inside of the left front tyre. On inspection I found the solid brake pipe between brake calliper and the brake hose had chaffed through against the baseplate of the coil spring. I am not sure if this was just installed badly, but it looks to me like it would be very easy to have this brake line push up against the coil spring baseplate when you fit this line due to it's shape. I'll be installing a new one ia few days and will fit a rubber sleeve over the area that may contact the metal frame. For what it's worth. pic attached.
    BTW, anyone know where is the best place to get a new brake line. Or get one made up reliably ?

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    BushyT did you have disks or wheel bearings replaced or any work on the hub? When they remove the caliper, these lines can get bent out of shape.

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    Default Re: Defender Puma Brake Line chaffing

    Quote Originally Posted by ClaudeG View Post
    BushyT did you have disks or wheel bearings replaced or any work on the hub? When they remove the caliper, these lines can get bent out of shape.
    No ClaudeG ,not in the two years or so that I have owned the vehicle. It looked like the factory original part when I removed it. But I agree it either got bent out of shape during other maintenance or was installed badly at some point.

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