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How to Buy a Good Quality Brake Hose

Brake hoses, sometimes used interchangeably with the term “brake lines,” carry brake fluid between the master cylinder and the wheel cylinder or brake calipers - depending upon the type of brakes you have. The pressure from the brake fluid presses these parts against the discs or drums, causing the tires to stop.

Although small and less expensive than the remaining brake system components, these hoses play a critical role in brake function, and therefore, your safety. They can crack or erode over time, causing weak spots that may balloon up – if these spots burst you could experience a major loss of brake fluid and possible brake failure while driving. Thus it’s best to replace them as soon as you suspect a problem, as with soft brakes or leaking brake fluid.

There are a couple different types of hoses available – all rubber, or rubber with a stainless steel braided outer. Braided hoses typically offer a harder braking feel because the outer layer doesn’t expand quite as much as a hose that’s all rubber. Hoses with a stainless steel braided exterior also tend to allow a slow leak if something happens to the rubber, rather than the big burst you get with the all rubber version.

Regardless of the type you choose, you want to make sure you’re getting a durable hose, because braking is such a vital component of your car’s safety systems.

When you are searching for a new hose, keep a few things in mind to make sure you’re getting a good quality brake hose:

  • Dry-rot: Make sure they are dry-rot resistant. Dry-rot will make the hoses brittle and more prone to failure.

  • Corrosion free: Check for corrosion-resistant fittings – you don’t want a leak around the connecting ends any more than you do through the rubber.

  • Reputation: Don’t buy cheap imitations – make sure you’re buying from a reputable store or website, as there are low-quality knockoffs (particularly with stainless steel braided) that are hard to tell apart from the real thing.

  • Warranty: Check the warranty. This varies widely between makers – for example Dorman offers a lifetime limited warranty on brake hoses, whereas some others have a limit on the mileage or number of years.

Brake hoses are an important part to get right the first time, so make sure you’re getting good quality for the price.

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Genaro

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Toyota Camry - Brake Hose Replacement (Driver Side Front) - Chicago, Illinois
Genaro was absolutely great. He actually called to see if he could come earlier than scheduled, and I said fine by me. First day was the $70 diagnostic. He didn't have the brake hose, so he had to come back the next day. Cost me around $140 to replace it. Showed me a bunch of stuff that needed to be taken care of and didn't need to be taken care of. He confirmed everything that other shops said, including pricing. The best part is not that he's honest, but you can actually sit and watch every little thing that he does. What happens when you go to a shop and leave it for the day or sit in the waiting room??? Did they actually do the transmission flush? Radiator flush? Spark plug change??? Now to be honest, I don't think you really save very much with this service, which you should because this service doesn't have the rent overhead of a standalone shop. I guess the convenience makes up for it. What I DID get was a mechanic who CAME TO ME, fast, and was knowledgable, polite, and trustworthy. Am considering hiring him again before his scheduled move to another state. Very well done, Genaro. You da man!!!! I'm a little bit hesitant to give him a "10" because he's only done one job for me, but I'm gonna give it to him anyway because he was so nice.
Hyundai Elantra - Brake Hose Replacement (Driver Side Front) - Chicago, Illinois
I wanted to change brake hoses, as part of troubleshooting a leak. Didn't change the rear because he informed me that it would break the brake line. Very knowledgeable.

James

29 years of experience
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James
29 years of experience
Ford Escape - Brake Hose Replacement (Driver Side Front) - Kissimmee, Florida
Was great to meet James , it is clear that James knows what he is doing and that he truly does care about his work. Will be booking James for all my car needs from now on!

Juan

11 years of experience
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Juan
11 years of experience
Dodge Dart - Brake Hose Replacement (Passenger Side Front) - Vacaville, California
Juan is AWESOME!! He's extremely professional, kind and efficient. He went above and beyond to ensure I was a satisfied customer. I'm so happy I tried this service and I will definitely do it again!!

Michael

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Michael
15 years of experience
Ford Escape - Brake Hose Replacement (Driver Side Front) - Woodstock, Georgia
Michael is outstanding. He's very polite and personable. He explained what he was doing so that I could understand and showed me as he went along.

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