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Old 02-18-2005, 10:10 AM
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brake line lock as security measure?

Hey guys / (gals?)

Anyone ever installed a brake line lock as a security measure? Does this cause premature wear on brake caliper seals?

My friend's dad said he did this back in the 70's to keep people from towing his car... apparently he just couldn't pay his numerous parking tickets!

Anyways, just curious. Share your opinions!

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I can't say as I would do it.

Line lock works by activating a solenoid to hold line pressure to the front wheels. The solenoid uses power. It will kill your battery if you leave it turned on. Line lock is only used for 5 to 10 seconds at a time. They solenoid may not stand up to continuous use.

If you stick to parking where you suppose to. You wouldn't have to worry about getting towed away. Nothing peeves me more than people parking in no parking zones and disrupting traffic flow because they think their time is more valuable than mine.

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okay... first off, I don't park in the middle of the street, this has nothing to do with people actually wanting to tow my car. the question is posed in theory only, so please don't take it personally.

is there such thing as a mechanical hydraulic line lock then? perhaps not specifically intended for this purpose, but able to be retrofitted to accept standard flared NPT fittings?
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BrakeLock

Try this. Used this on a jeep to lock all four wheels when parked.
Broke into a couple of times, but never got stolen!

http://www.tsmmfg.com/Brakelock_System.htm

-Rick
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HEY BL:

We had a 1948 Chevy pickup and did not have an emergency brake. We installed a hydraulic brake line lock in the brake line coming out of master cylinder and mounted it right in front of front seat on floor. We bought it from J.C. Whitney for less than $ 20.00. It operated by depressing the brake pedal and pushing down a little plunger on top. It would lock up all four wheels and as soon as you stepped on brake pedal it would release. It worked great and was about 1" X 3" all heavy gauge steel construction. I have not seen it in their latest catalogs but if you call them they will tell you who the supplier was.... GOOD LUCK.... THERESA
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