Introduction

This tutorial is to show you how to replace the rear brake cable on a Vector Haro bicycle. Keep in mind some parts and layouts may vary based on bike model and year made.

Image 1/3: After taking apart the connector, slide the screw off the brake line. Image 2/3: The nut may be difficult to remove if it has not been removed for a while. Image 3/3: Keep in mind the order the parts came off the connector. This will make reassembly easier.
  • Using the smart wrench and socket wrench, remove the nuts that are holding the connector to the old brake line.

  • After taking apart the connector, slide the screw off the brake line.

  • The nut may be difficult to remove if it has not been removed for a while.

  • Keep in mind the order the parts came off the connector. This will make reassembly easier.

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Image 1/3: Slide the housing off the brake cable. Image 2/3: Slide the housing off the brake cable. Image 3/3: Slide the housing off the brake cable.
  • Remove the cable housing from its holders.

  • Slide the housing off the brake cable.

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Image 1/3: Unscrew the other end of the housing from the brake. Image 2/3: Remove the housing from the cable. Image 3/3: Remove the housing from the cable.
  • Remove the second cable housing from its holder.

  • Unscrew the other end of the housing from the brake.

  • Remove the housing from the cable.

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Image 1/3: Remove the cable from its holder within the brake. Image 2/3: Pull the remaining cable through the brake. Image 3/3: Pull the remaining cable through the brake.
  • Apply pressure to the brake to reveal the end of the brake cable.

  • Remove the cable from its holder within the brake.

  • Pull the remaining cable through the brake.

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Image 1/3: Insert the new brake cable into the brake housing. Image 2/3: Insert the new brake cable into the brake housing. Image 3/3: Insert the new brake cable into the brake housing.
  • Flip your bike to make the brake housing more visible.

  • Insert the new brake cable into the brake housing.

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Image 1/3: Re-insert the housing back into its holders. Image 2/3: Re-insert the housing back into its holders. Image 3/3: Re-insert the housing back into its holders.
  • Slide the cable housing onto the new cable.

  • Re-insert the housing back into its holders.

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Image 1/3: Re-insert the housing into its holders. Image 2/3: Re-insert the housing into its holders. Image 3/3: Re-insert the housing into its holders.
  • Slide the rear cable housing onto the new brake cable.

  • Re-insert the housing into its holders.

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Image 1/3: Slide the connector of over the screw and tighten the nut and washer on the other end by hand, so it can slide along the brake cable. Image 2/3: Slide the connector of over the screw and tighten the nut and washer on the other end by hand, so it can slide along the brake cable. Image 3/3: Slide the connector of over the screw and tighten the nut and washer on the other end by hand, so it can slide along the brake cable.
  • Slide the screw and washer onto the end of the brake cable.

  • Slide the connector of over the screw and tighten the nut and washer on the other end by hand, so it can slide along the brake cable.

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Image 1/3: Slide the connector up near the housing holder. About an inch between the connector and holder should be fine. Image 2/3: Using the smart wrench and 10mm socket wrench, tighten the nut so it grips the brake line firmly. Image 3/3: Using wire-cutters, cut the extra cable so only about an inch remains.
  • Flip bike back right-side-up.

  • Slide the connector up near the housing holder. About an inch between the connector and holder should be fine.

  • Using the smart wrench and 10mm socket wrench, tighten the nut so it grips the brake line firmly.

  • Using wire-cutters, cut the extra cable so only about an inch remains.

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Image 1/3: Insert the end of the brake cable with a "nub" into the slot on the rear left brake. Image 2/3: Slide the cable onto the slot on the connector. Image 3/3: Slide the other end of the cable into the holder on the right rear brake.
  • You can recycle the old brake cable for this.

  • Insert the end of the brake cable with a "nub" into the slot on the rear left brake.

  • Slide the cable onto the slot on the connector.

  • Slide the other end of the cable into the holder on the right rear brake.

  • Pull the cable to clamp down the brakes so they almost touch the rim of the wheel.

  • Tighten the screw so the cable does not come loose.

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Conclusion

You now should have a fully function rear brake on your bike.

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