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

More related articles

P2428 OBD-II Trouble Code: Exhaust Gas Temperature Too High Bank 1
P2428 code definition A P2428 trouble code signifies that the PCM has detected a problem in the exhaust gas temperature sensor circuit in bank 1, which subsequently contains the number one...
P0359 OBD-II Trouble Code: Ignition Coil I Primary/Secondary Circuit Malfunction
P0359 code definition The P0359 code indicates that a fault has been detected in one of the vehicle’s ignition coils, generally the number 9 coil. This code can also be associated...
P0477 OBD-II Trouble Code: Exhaust Pressure Control Valve Low
P0477 code means that the PCM has detected an abnormally low voltage reading often due to the exhaust back pressure control valve circuit.


Related questions

Q: Braking car quits running

A few different faults can cause the vehicle to die when the brakes are pressed. The most common would be a vacuum leak or a brake booster failure. Either of these can pull too much air and can cause the...

Q: how to bleed to clutch

You will have to fill the reservoir and pump the pedal at least 10 times. If you have to pull the pedal off the floor by hand then pump the pedal using your hand instead of foot. Then holding the...

Q: Car shudders during hard braking

More than likely, your brake rotors are warped. Warped rotors result in a vibration that can be felt in the steering wheel and/or brake pedal. A standard brake job with new pads and new or machined rotors (depending on the...