What causes brake line failure?

The brake line is arguably the most important part of the braking system. When you use your brake pedal, the brake line uses hydraulic pressure to transfer brake fluid from the master cylinder to the brake calipers. This action forces the calipers to clamp the rotors to slow your vehicle. Brake lines are generally made of steel. Steel is ideal because it’s durable and able to withstand large amounts of hydraulic pressure. Unfortunately, steel, like many metals, is prone to environmental damage. Moisture and road salt corrode the steel over time allowing the brake lines to weaken. Once brake lines become damaged, moisture has the ability to get into the braking system. This can limit your brakes overall effectiveness or cause them to fail completely! Safety is of the utmost importance. Here at Ferber’s Tire and Auto. Your brake lines are examined annually as part of the Virginia State Inspection. You can never be too safe. If your brakes feel off, or you want to get them checked out, stop by for an inspection today!