We’ve certainly mentioned the importance of good brakes, but the best brakes in the world wouldn’t matter if they didn’t function properly. Your brake lines act as the link between the pedal and the metal, ensuring that when you need to stop, you actually do.
Brake Lines – The Basics
Putting off brake repair isn’t the best idea. Your vehicles brake systems are one of its most important safety features. In your engine bay, there is a reservoir of hydraulic fluid. When you press your brake pedal, that hydraulic fluid is pumped through your brake lines to you calipers, which activates the brakes.
In the past, brake lines were made of steel tubing. Since brake systems are hydraulic, this led to expansions and contractions in the lines as force was applied. With enough of these expansions and contractions, the lines would break. Brake lines went on to be replaced by rubber tubing, but are still prone to some expansion and contractions. For more performance, brake lines can be replaced by rubber tubing that is covered in braided steel. This limits the amount of expansion the hoses can give, but retains the flexibility needed for the system.
It is because of all this expansion and pressure that it is recommended that brake lines be inspected at least once a year.
When Is It Time For Service?
To know if you need brake line repair you’ll have to go off what you see on your dash or feel in your brake pedal. When a warning ABS or brake light comes on, it can be a symbol of low brake fluid. Brake fluid running low can be an indicator of a leak somewhere in the line. The best way to describe the feeling of a leaking brake system is “spongy”. Rather than feeling solid, your brake pedal may feel like pressing a sponge under your foot, and will have limited response.
Having trouble stopping? Stay safe and book quality brake line repair service at Gary’s Automotive.