Brakes translate the pressure from your foot on the brake pedal into stopping power, and are designed to keep you and your car safe on the road. When they fail or aren’t reliable, you and your vehicle can be in serious trouble.
The brake lines of your brake system play a key role in brake performance and function, allowing your car to turn pedal pressure into stopping power. Most cars feature hydraulic brake systems, which use fluid to transfer the pressure applied by your foot to the brake.
The brake fluid is stored in the master cylinder and is transferred from the master cylinder to the brake calipers via the brake lines when the brake pedal is pushed. This pressure forces the calipers to clamp down on the brakes and, in turn, slow and stop the car.
How do you know if your brake lines are bad?
If you notice any leaking fluid, it could be a sign of bad brake lines. Your brake lines should last the life of your car. However, debris or rough driving could cause cracks or holes in the lines.
The easiest way to check for a brake line leak is by holding a flashlight under your car. If you notice drips on the inside of your wheels, rust spots along the lines or any wet or dry fluid streaks, you could have a leak.
What do you do if your brake lines are leaking?
If your brake lines are cracked, broken, frayed, brittle or corroded, call Christian Brothers Automotive. One of our ASE-certified technicians will take a look and determine whether your brake lines are the problem.
If the brake lines are damaged, our skilled mechanics will remove the old line, put a new brake line in place and refill new brake fluid to the system.
Don’t risk your family’s safety. If you notice a problem with your car’s brake lines (or any part of the brake system), call Christian Brothers Automotive to schedule a brake inspection.
How can I repair damaged brake lines?
If your brake lines are cracked, broken, frayed, brittle, or even corroded, let your local mechanic at Christian Brothers take a look right away. A skilled technician will be able to determine where the damage has occurred and is equipped to repair the problem.
However, if you’re on the road and far away from an auto repair shop, make sure you have the proper equipment on hand that is necessary to repair your broken brake lines—a few good wrenches, brake fluid, and new brake lines.
To replace brake lines:
Remove the old brake line
Carefully align the connection together for the new line. Once it’s in place, tighten the connection with your wrench.