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The brake hose is a key part of your brake system. Your brake system, I hope you don’t need to be reminded, is the most important safety feature on your car.
Your car’s brake system relies on hydraulic fluid to apply the brakes. When you press on the brake pedal, the master cylinder sends brake fluid down towards the wheels. The brake calipers use the fluid to create the pressure necessary for the brake pads to grip the brake rotors. That stops the rotors from spinning, which in turn slows the car down. It’s that simple.
So, where do the hoses come in? Relax. I’m getting there. The brake fluid travels from the master cylinder to the calipers. It starts by going through steel brake lines, which are strong and durable. But as the fluid nears the wheels, it needs to travel through something else. Steel brake lines don’t work near the wheels, because the amount of movement of the wheels requires something flexible. So, for the final stretch of their journey to help your right foot, the brake fluid travels through flexible rubber brake hoses.
Though rubber hoses are extremely durable, like anything else in your car, they’re subject to wear and tear.
Hey, this seems kind of important, doesn’t it? You might be a good driver, but you’re definitely not good enough to be driving around with faulty brakes. So, don’t do it. If your brakes stop working or you experience a dramatic loss of performance, then something is very wrong with your brake system, and you need to handle it immediately. It could be a number of things when it comes to brakes, and that includes a brake hose that is damaged and not working.
I’m guessing you can probably figure out that “spongy” isn’t a great adjective to describe car parts. If the brake hose has picked up a leak or two, the feeling of the brake pedal will be exactly that: spongy. When you go to use your brakes, your right foot will be greeted with a not very pleasant sensation of brakes that are flat out mushy which is not good. If you’re not willing to fix your brakes for safety, then at least fix them for your feet. Nobody wants to step on something mushy.
Leaks always indicate an issue. If you find fluid hanging out under your car, that’s usually a sign that something is leaking, and that’s not good. That leak could be your brake fluid coming through a damaged brake hose. If that’s the case…well, I’m sure you can put two and two together.
Look, I know you’re probably not checking out your car’s hoses on the daily. But if you’re getting your hands dirty under your car - or if a mechanic is getting their hands dirty - and a visibly damaged brake hose is noticed, well, that’s a pretty good sign that it’s time for replacement.Get a Quote 12-Month | 12,000-Mile Warranty
I’m sorry, did you just completely skip over the part where a damaged brake hose can keep your brakes from working at all? Because that was definitely supposed to catch your attention.
Your brakes are absolutely vital. Don’t procrastinate when it comes to getting your brake hose repaired.
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