CheCk bRake hoses & pipes
Check all of the brake hoses and pipes for any corrosion, brittleness, cracks and chafing.
We’re back to my rubber fetish again. Flexible brake hoses feature rubber and should be replaced at five years of age. Not only do they crack and split on the outside, they also collapse on the inside and, when that happens, you get no leaks and no brakes. Aha, I hear you say, but I’ve fitted braided hoses and don’t need to worry. Wrong – they feature a rubber core, which can contaminate, collapse and leave your car low on stopping power. Steel brake pipes rust; copper brake pipes workharden and fracture with vibration. Both can chafe and wear through, if untethered. Cupro-Nickel pipes are better.