The brake lines in your vehicle are what connect your hydraulic brake fluid system to the brake calipers that are on the wheels which perform the stopping when you press the brake pedal. They are a very intricate and important piece of the braking system and need to be looked at and addressed if there are any problems. When you bring your vehicle into DeBoer’s Auto, we will always inspect your brake lines so you will have peace of mind knowing yours are in good shape or need attention.
How Winter Weather Can Lead To Brake Failure
Living in the Rust Belt means there’s a lot of brine and salt thrown on the roads during the winter. While this helps us all drive safer, the salt gets on the steel brake lines and they can corrode over time as a result. If it’s not addressed timely, it can lead to a rupture in the system. When this happens, you’ll experience a brake failure which can create a very dangerous situation when driving. So it’s critical to have the brake lines inspected regularly to ensure they are not rusting to the point where they could rupture unexpectedly.
Perform A Brake Flush Regularly
Another important thing to do is to perform a brake flush regularly. Not only can brakes rust from the outside in, but they can also rust from the inside out. Brake fluid is hydroscopic, which means it attracts water into the brake fluid system. This is why many manufacturers today recommend an annual or bi-annual brake fluid flush to get any of the moisture out. Doing so will help prevent rusting in the brake fluid lines from the inside out and any of the problems that go along with this issue.
Don’t Wait Until You Have Brake Problems To Have Them Inspected
Brake failure typically happens at the worst possible time. People usually find out they have a brake system problem when they are in a panic-stop situation. When they come upon another vehicle or object and have to stop suddenly, they will realize their brake system isn’t working properly. If the brake system blows completely, they could be put in a dangerous spot for them and anyone else around them. Performing regular brake flush maintenance and having brake lines inspected can ensure you’re never put into this type of situation.
DeBoer’s Auto is here to keep you driving safely on the road. Be sure to contact us to schedule a maintenance appointment and we will ensure all aspects of your braking system are functioning properly so you can have peace of mind while driving.