Your brake line plays an important role in the function of your car. The lines supply your brake system with brake fluid. If you don't have brake fluid, you can step on the brake pedal, and your car may not come to a stop. As such, you want to take notice of any potential problems with your brake line. Here are a few of the signs that indicate that your brake line may be going bad.
You Are Leaking Brake Fluid
If you notice any leaks under your car, you will want to examine the fluid. There are many different types of leaks that can be present under a car, including coolant, transmission fluid, oil and brake fluid. Brake fluid is generally clear in color, though it may be auburn or brown if it is old and dirty. When you touch the fluid, the fluid will have a dry oil feel to it. Lastly, smell the oil. Brake fluid has a smell that some people liken to fish oil or castor oil. If you notice any of these signs, you're likely dealing with brake fluid.
Your Brake Fluid Light Comes On
If your brake line is going bad, your brake fluid light will come on. This is because brake fluid begins to leak when the line has a crack or is going bad. Eventually, you will hit a low point in your brake fluid reserves, and the light comes on. It is very rare that a brake fluid light comes on if you are not leaking fluid, so if this light comes on, you want to have your brakes and brake lines inspected by a professional.
You Can Push Your Brake Pedal to the Ground
If you are driving your car, and push the brake pedal all the way to the ground and still feel like you can't stop or it takes a long time to, your brake line is probably already bad. It is not advised that you continue to drive in this situation. Instead, you should have your car towed to a professional auto repair shop.
The Brake Lines Have Visible Moisture Signs or Corrosion on Them
If you are handy with cars, you may be able to look at the car's brake lines yourself. They are underneath the car and extend from the brake fluid reservoir to the brakes. If they show signs of moisture staining or corrosion on them, they may be leaking fluid.
Do you suspect there may be an issue with your car's brake lines? If so, bring the car into AA Auto Tech in Hastings, MN. Our technicians can have a look around your car and determine what is going on. You don't want to continue driving your car if you suspect there is a brake line issue, so bring it in for inspection today.