CheCk bRake hoses & pipes

Check all of the brake hoses and pipes for any cor­ro­sion, brit­tle­ness, cracks and chaf­ing.

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Fuzz Townshend’s Top Tips -

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.

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