Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

How Long Does a Brake Line Last?

brake line

Keeping the braking system on a car in good shape is a lot easier said than done. Most car owners out there fail to realize just how many components make up their braking system. The metal brake lines that run from the master cylinder to the wheel cylinders on the rear of a car are vital in having full braking power. When the brake pedal on a car is pressed, the master cylinder will send fluid through the metal brake lines to the wheel cylinders. Having this amount of fluid is important in getting the car to stop in a hurry when needed. The metal brake lines on a car are only used when the brake pedal is pushed down.

These metal brake lines are designed to last just as long as the car does. Usually, the lines will have to be replaced due to damage or bends in the line. Not having these lines working at full capacity can lead to a decline in the amount of braking power that a car has. The last thing that any driver wants is to not be able to bring their vehicle to a stop in a hurry when needed. Noticing the warning signs of a bad brake line and acting to get it fixed is important in keeping a car safe and road ready.

By doing a routine inspection of your vehicle, you will be able to find out about problems with the brake line early on. The more you can find out about the overall condition of your car, the easier it will be for you to keep it in good shape. When a metal brake line is damaged, here are some of the signs that you will notice:

  • An overall reduction in braking power
  • Noticeable damage to the metal line
  • Brake fluid is leaking from the line
  • The line is dragging the ground due to damage
  • The threads on the line appear to be stripped or damaged

Getting your brake line replaced is not an easy job and should be left to a professional. Trying to do this type of work without the right amount of experience can lead to a lot of damage.

The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
Icon-warranty_badge-02

Skip the repair shop, our top-rated mechanics come to you.

At your home or office

Choose from 600+ repair, maintenance & diagnostic services. Our top-rated mechanics bring all parts & tools to your location.

Fair & transparent pricing

See labor & parts costs upfront, so you can book with confidence.

12-month, 12,000-mile warranty

Our services are backed by a 12-month, 12,000-mile warranty for your peace of mind.

Get A Quote

Need Help With Your Car?

Our certified mobile mechanics make house calls in over 2,000 U.S. cities. Fast, free online quotes for your car repair.

GET A QUOTE

Post a question and get free advice from our certified mechanics.

ASK A QUESTION

More related articles

P0240 OBD-II Trouble Code: Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance
P0240 code definition Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance What the P0240 code means P0240 is an OBD-II generic code triggered when the Engine Control Module (ECM) detects the intake boost...
The Traveler’s Guide to Driving in Malaysia
CraigBurrows / Shutterstock.com Malaysia is a popular destination for many tourists today. The country has amazing sights and attractions that you will want to explore....
How to Get a Louisiana Driver's Permit
s licensing program. The first step in this program is to obtain...


Related questions

Q: What does it mean if the Brake System indicator comes on in the dash?

The Brake light on the dash of your car is designed to come on as a warning and as a reminder in different situations. Here’s what you need to know: The light will turn on if the parking brake...

Q: Gas pedal hard to press, car wouldn't move

The "stiff" gas pedal issue is most likely caused by a dirty throttle body in the air intake system. Cleaning the throttle body should relieve this symptom. The lack of "Drive" selection, unless first selecting "Reverse", could be a loose...

Q: replaced brake shoes in the back (they are drums,) but now they dont work...

Hello there, thank you for asking about your 2001 Ford Escape. You may have put in a spring incorrectly or did not adjust them tight enough before putting on the drum. If you think there is a missing spring then...