Broken brakes are one of the reasons behind tragic car accidents. This is why it is very important to flush your brake lines. Since most parts of your braking system are made of metal, flushing the brake lines can prevent rust from accumulating in the area and destroying your breaks. If you need more convincing why you should flush your brake lines, here are some of the most important reasons you need to take note.
It prevents rusting and further damage.
The brake fluid is “hygroscopic”. This means that it easily catches dirt-containing moisture from the air and eventually mixes it with the fluid. When ignored, this can cause rusting around your break line causing it to become more vulnerable to breakage.
It removes contaminants.
Brake lines can age over time. Corrosion will also cause them to become thinner and may even cause the brakes to stop functioning. When the brake line is too contaminated, the boiling point will subsequently go down. Flushing your brake lines improves your braking performance making it more responsive as you hit the brake pedal.
It prolongs the life of your brake line.
ABS and traction control systems are two important car elements that depend on how the brake lines break down the fluid. A clogged brake line can bring many issues to your car. Changing the brake lines will promote between ABS and tractions control systems by promoting a swift and easy breakdown of brake fluids.
It protects the ABS and traction control system
ABS also known as Anti-lock braking and traction control are very sensitive to moisture. You don’t want to clog them up with dirt and rust, otherwise it will ruin them. These parts are expensive and as are critical as other parts of your vehicle. As with any other car maintenance procedures, there is no hard-and-fast rule how often you should flush your brake line. If you always drive and do a lot of sudden braking then you need to be observant of your brake line. Take note of weird noises and even the slightest issues when you apply brakes.
Most manufacturers will recommend that you flush your brake lines everytime you hit 30, 000 miles down the road. Note, however that flushing and bleeding your brake lines are two different things. While flushing your brake lines mean suctioning all the brake fluids in your car and replaying them with a new, clean fluid inside, bleeding simply involves removing just enough fluids to get air bubbles.