Brake Hose Replacement
While your brake hose may not be the most talked-about part of your braking system, it is still vital to your road safety and must be maintained.
What exactly is a brake hose? And what distinguishes it from a brake line?
What Is A Brake Hose?
A brake hose is a vital component that transports brake fluid from the master cylinder to the wheel cylinder (in drum brakes) or brake caliper (in disc brakes).
But hold on a second. Isn’t it true that brake fluid is transferred via brake lines?
Does this imply that a brake line and a brake hose are interchangeable?
No, not at all.
The brake line and brake hose are similar in that they both serve as conduits for transferring brake fluid from the master cylinder. They are, however, made for distinct scenarios.
What’s the Difference Between a Brake Hose and a Brake Line?
The brake line is the network of rigid metal tubing that runs along the length of your vehicle. Brake fluid is channeled from the master cylinder to points near the wheels of your automobile, truck, or heavy-duty trailer by this tubing network.
But why does it stop there? Why doesn’t it go all the way to the brake caliper or wheel cylinder?
This is because the metal tube would break if your automobile moved up and down as you drove over a speed bump or if your wheels turned sideways.
A hydraulic brake hose comes in handy in this situation.
On the other hand, the brake hose connects your rigid brake line to the brake caliper or wheel cylinder through a flexible pipe. Because the brake hose is flexible, it can easily respond to your wheel movements.
When Should Your Brake Hose Be Replaced?
According to most expert mechanics, A rubber brake hose can endure roughly six years. On the other hand, stainless steel hoses can last for five to 10 years or even longer.
Because brake hose conditions vary among brake assemblies in different vehicles, there is no hard-and-fast rule for predicting how long a hydraulic hose will last.
That’s because, aside from the material used to construct your brake hose, several things influence its lifespan, such as:
- Diving habits
- Road condition and environment
- Vehicle type: light (e.g. sedan) or heavy-duty (e.g. trailer truck) and more
When your hydraulic brake hose wears out, you’ll need to replace it.
Signs You Need a Brake Hose Replacement
Your hydraulic brake hose isn’t indestructible.
As a result, it’s critical to consider the efficacy of your brake hose system.
Just keep an eye out for these three classic signs of a faulty brake hose:
- Worn-Out Brake Hose
- Soft Brake Pedal
- Inoperable Brakes
How Much Does a Brake Hose Replacement Cost?
Don’t pay too much for a bose brake and installation. To give you an idea, a new brake hose will typically cost between $150 and $360 to purchase and install. However, keep in mind that this value will change depending on where you are.