Your brake lines may wear out but you won’t know it unless you know the warning signs. Here’s a quick look at the top indicators that your brake lines are worn or in the process of being worn.
Visual Inspection for Corrosion or Rust The most obvious signs of wear on your vehicle’s brake lines can be found during a visual inspection. If you notice corrosion or rust on your brake lines, it may be time to replace the lines.
Visible moisture If the brake lines show moisture or stains caused by moisture, this is a sign of a brake fluid leak. Brake fluid leakage is a serious problem because these lines are generally made of steel and must be able to withstand significant pressure. However, there is the potential for damage and leakage. If even a small amount of brake fluid leaks when you brake, repair or replacement will be required.
Annoying or distracting noises when the vehicle is in motion Even a slightly loud sound from the vehicle when the brakes are applied is a sign of possible brake line wear. This sound is also evidence that the brake pads are excessively worn and need to be replaced to prevent damage to the rotor.
The brake warning light is on. Illumination of the brake warning light indicates a brake fluid leak, brake lining problem, and/or brake line wear. If this warning light comes on, it is a sign that the brake fluid has leaked below an acceptable level and your attention is very important.
Causes of braking Vibration or oscillation If the steering wheel vibrates or vibrates or the vehicle vibrates when the brakes are applied, this is a sign that the rotor is uneven or the brake lines are damaged.
The brake pedal feels soft or spongy, if the brake pedal resistance changes which means it feels like a sponge or feels soft when pressed, this is an indication that your vehicle needs to be serviced quickly. The brake lines may be corroded or there may be moisture in the braking system. There may even be air entering the system or there may be a problem with the master cylinder.
Brake Grinding If you feel the brake pedal being stepped on, this is a sign that the brake line may be torn. However, there is also the possibility of stones or gravel being trapped inside the caliper unit. In addition, there is also the possibility of excessive wear of the brake pads