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Nickle Copper Brake Lines Corroding?

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Hello all,

I replaced all my brake lines about 2 years ago. I made sure to use nickle copper so I wouldn't have to deal with corroding lines again. However, I took a look under my insight today and the lines look pretty bad. I admit that I cheaped out and bought some generic no name brand nickle copper lines off Amazon.

Is it normal for nickle copper lines to look like this after a few years in the salt belt or does it look like these lines are likely some low quality mystery alloy?
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You guys are correct. I applied a magnet to the lines and sure enough it sticks.

I've worked with real nickle copper and steel lines, and these lines bent and flared very easily like nickle copper lines. Because of that I don't think they are traditional steel lines coated with copper. I think they are some sort of low quality mystery pot metal alloy from who-knows-where in China.

It took me about 2 days to replace those lines and I thought I was being smart using nickle copper because I'd never have to do it again. I played myself though by cheaping out. I hope I can at least get 5 years out of these crap lines.

Embarrassing. I can count on one hand the number of times in my life that cheaping out has payed off. Almost every time it has either left me disappointed or somehow ended up costing me more in the long run. It can work, but you have to do research to know what you're buying. Apparently Amazon is ok will allowing fraudulent junk. Otherwise, buy once cry once.
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