Checking your brake lines for wear and tear

Posted by Marek Bobik on Sun, Mar 21, 2010 @ 12:37 PM
Marek Bobik

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All this news about Toyotas speeding out of control - and brakes not working - got me thinking about my Toyota truck brakes. So I crawled under it this weekend to check them out and when I got done, I thought that our customers may benefit from a quick checklist on what to look for when inspecting automotive brake lines.

Here is the short list of what to look for:

  • Spongy, weak hoses
  • Hard, brittle hoses
  • Cracks in the outer skin of the hose - you may need to bend the hose in order to see this
  • Blisters or bubbles in the hose - have someone pump the brake pedal so you can see this better
  • Chafe marks - from the hose rubbing against some other component
  • Wet stains where the hose is starting to leak
  • Obvious bulging or expansion of the hose
  • Loose hose mounts or twisted hose

I also put up a page under Technical Info: with more details.

Happy driving - and braking!

More information on brake lines:

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