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Russell Fittings and Brake Lines
Somewhere, someone's dad is about to step into a serious conversation about brake lines and why their maintenance is important.
Fortunately, for all things automobile-related, the dads are right. Brake lines are one of the most important aspects of our vehicles.
They need to be maintained regularly and taken care of so that they can be reliable when we need them the most. A faulty brake line system could lead to a preventable accident, and no one wants to consider the worst-case scenario.
When it comes to vehicle safety being able to break is arguably the most important function of a vehicle. It provides safety to prevent a collision, allows you to slow down and recover easily from an obstruction in the road, and more.
Before you know when to replace your brake lines, we have to know the ins and outs of how they function.
What's a Brake Line?
Brake lines are a key factor in our breaks' ability to do their job.
If your brakes were to fail or are not performing fully, you can put yourself and your passengers in serious danger. Inspecting your brakes is an integral part of their maintenance.
If you noticed that your brake lines are broken, cracked, or corroded you should get them evaluated and the damage repaired. Navigating road safety is only possible through a safe vehicle. And brake lines are sort of like the glue that holds everything together.
If you notice any leaking fluid under your vehicle, it could be a sign of bad brake lines.
Ideally, your brake lines last your carís entire life span. However, itís possible that they could become obstructed by natural elements or debris. If your brake light comes on, that's a fair warning that an issue might need to be diagnosed.
Itís possible that your brakes could be wearing down or that you need a refill on brake fluid. If you can push your brake pedal all the way to the ground, it is very likely that your brake system could use a little pick-me-up.
If you take a flashlight and shine it under your car, you may notice drips on the inside of your wheels. Rust and corrosion might also be apparent. These are warning signs that a mechanic may have to step in if your brake lines are faulty.
You can purchase your own hydraulic brake lines and install them yourself if youíre auto savvy.
How Do Russell Performance Brake Lines Work?
Brake lines enable our vehicles to shift pedal pressure. Many cars are equipped with hydraulic brake systems that use brake fluid to transmit the pressure applied by your foot to the break.
This is the simplified version of how this actually works. Brake lines are made of steel tubes.
If you take a peek under the hood of your vehicle, you will see a master cylinder. The master cylinder contains all of your vehicle's brake fluid. Your brake fluid will run through the brake lines, diverting to each wheel of your vehicle.
When you press down on your brake pedal, that pressure moves pistons inside the master cylinder. This, in turn, pushes brake fluid out of the cylinder and into the brake lines.
That fluid then gives your signals for the car to stop.
Hydraulic power must be distributed equally to all four brakes. If this wasnít the case for some reason, your car may fishtail or slide into a different dangerous situation.
If you're privy to this knowledge, then you know how imperative a strong, functional line system is.
Brake Line Specifics
Stainless steel is brake line material that high quality, premium performance vehicles use for every day driving and extreme circumstances.
All-weather, all conditions, all of the time.
Though itís slightly more expensive, stainless steel will set your car up with the strongest brake lines available. Stainless steel is difficult to manipulate. You'll find that it is less likely to fray at the ends, and it's nearly impossible to bend.
If you notice that your brake system has air compressed stuck while trying to stop, it might be time to bleed the brakes to get the compacted air out. This can be a do it yourself type of job and can be completed with a few basic tools.
Once you find the brake bleeder screw, you look for the correct wrench to fit that screw and slowly attempt to loosen it. If itís stuck, do not apply too much pressure. Give it the old WD-40 trick and that should do it.
Get yourself a piece of flexy-hose to put over the bleeder screw. Have some sort of container to catch any brake fluid that falls out. Have a friend slowly pump the brakes pedal a few times.
This will help illuminate any air bubbles that are stuck in your brake lines. Youíll tighten the screw back up and tell your friend to release the pedal. All in a day's work, but an easy fix relative to most people.
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If you're noticing consistent braking issues in your vehicle, take the time you need to research and apply what you've learned in this article.
If you're feeling educated and confident about replacing or repairing your brake lines, do so carefully, or bring your parts to a professional.
Your braking system is not a matter of cosmetics, in that ignoring it is going to cost you. Be mindful that your braking system helps keep you, and others on the road, safe.
From brake line bleeders to hydraulic lines, there's no stronger braking system than the one you'll build with our premium products.
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