Don't Ignore a Damaged Car Brake Line

Don’t Ignore a Damaged Car Brake Line

Car brakes transfer pressure from your foot into stopping power. This system is vital to maintaining your safety on the road. If your brakes are compromised or unreliable, you and your vehicle could be in serious danger.

Most modern cars use hydraulic brake systems to function. This system uses fluid to transfer pressure from the brake pedal to the brake pads, which stops the car. When you push down on the brake, the brake lines compress the brake fluid. This forces the calipers to clamp down on the brake pads. The force slows down the wheels and eventually stops the car.

How to 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 to do if your brake lines are leaking

If your brake lines are cracked, broken, frayed, brittle or corroded, call Christian Brothers Automotive in Springfield. 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 in Springfield to schedule a brake inspection.