A brake hose can be an excellent way to resolve various brake line issues, providing a flexible answer to any potential problems. A flexible brake hose can resist vibration and movement, adapt to changing conditions more effectively than rigid lines, and ultimately even improve the performance of braking – but first, it must be fitted to your vehicle. Here’s how to do that.
The first thing you should consider is whether to have a professional fit your brake hose. Considering the stakes where brake lines are concerned, it may be wise simply to forgo a home fitting and leave it to the mechanics, ensuring your safe braking ability in any conditions. The experts at BrakeQuip will be happy to point you to a recommended installer for their high-quality brake hoses, and if you need any more information on the specifications of the hoses themselves or the installation process, contact them on 01257 220010 today!
A modern automobile braking system channels fluid at high pressure from the master cylinder via brake lines, and in thesesituations a flexible hose can be used for its ability to move and absorb vibrations, which is especially useful in vehicles with heavy suspension.
A brake hose is fitted between the brake pipes to the brakes themselves, allowing the wheels to steer thanks to its flexibility. This positioning, in the centre of the axle, allows easy checking of the lines and confirmation that no leakage has occurred. It is a good idea to check for faults by locking the steering wheel in one direction, as this helps to expose the hose and provide full access and vision. You may also wish to use a light or lamp to illuminate the area and ensure you don’t miss any leaks or cracks!
If you are considering fitting a new brake hose, you should consider the OEM Rubber Brake Hose from Brakequip, and fit it like so:
- Choose a brake line hose of the right length – too short and it won’t reach or will break once the car is driving, too long and braking performance will suffer, and the hose will wear out much faster than it should.
- Once you’ve got the correct length of hose, pump air through it to clean out the inside.
- The hose can now be fitted to brackets found at male or female pipe outlets, but when you are fitting it, make sure to use two spanners to tighten the connection – if you try to use only one, the flexible brake pipe will simply twist, and remain disconnected.
- Once the brake hose is secure, you can bleed the brake lines to remove any air and restore hydraulic power to the brakes. You can do that by pressing the brake pedal a few times, until normal feeling returns.
- Make sure that all the connections are good and the hose has no kinks or leaks. A good strategy for this point of the installation is to have an assistant use the brake while you check – that way, if there are any leaks or weak points, you’ll be able to see them!
BrakeQuip specialise in supplyinga huge range of brake hoses for various types of vehicle. With this range available, you’re bound to find something perfect for you.
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