What Are the Signs of a Faulty Brake Line?

Car brakes don’t consist of a single unit. Rather, they consist of multiple units that operate as a system. One of these components is the brake line. This vital part requires regular checkups; otherwise, you risk a faulty brake system.

What Is a Brake Line?

Brake lines consist of a system of polymer tubes that transport brake fluid. It’s the bridge that allows the fluid to move from the master cylinder to the brake caliper.

The shuttling of the fluid is what enables the car to stop when you apply pressure on the pedal. In short, it turns pedal pressure into stopping power, whether you apply pressure gently or slam on the brakes.

The Implications of Faulty Brake Lines

Most brake lines are made of high quality material that will last the life of the car. However, rough commuting and road conditions can cause cracks and punctures. These lead to leaks and lower pressure on the brake caliper. The end result? Less efficient stopping ability, especially in an emergency.

Signs of a Faulty Brake Line

Look for signs of leaking under your car. Grab a flashlight and look for leaks coming from inside the wheels. You might also spot rust in these areas, especially on the brake line tubes themselves. The check engine light might also come on; this indicates a problem with the brakes.

Anther sign is a low level of brake fluid in the master cylinder reservoir, despite recently filling it.

Finally, you might notice an increase in total stopping distance before the car comes to a complete halt.

We Inspect and Replace Brake Lines

Never overlook the brake lines, especially if you frequently commute under tough road conditions. Schedule an appointment with Chuck’s Auto Repair for maintenance. We can diagnose and repair a faulty brake line on the spot.

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