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CEF - Checking Old or Worn Hoses

Brake Hoses & Brake Pipes

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Checking a brake hose by "feeling" it



The lifespan of brake hoses

The average safe working life of a brake hoses is 8 to 10 years in our mild climate. With the recession, many drivers are keeping their cars for a longer period of time, and they will need brake hoses replaced.

There are a number of reasons for the deterioration of brake hoses:

Important: if you are based in an area with poor quality roads your customers definitely need a brake hose supplier. Damaged or dirt roads intensify the wear on brake hoses.

The two ways of checking a brake hose are by visual inspection and by touch.

What to look out for when doing a visual inspection:
  1. Wet or pasty area around the back of the end-fittings, often looks muddy as the fluid seeps out of the crimp join.
  2. Bubble or blister in the hose, the fluid gets between the inner and outer part of the hose and forms a bulge. The fluid will quickly now eat through the outer layer from the inside.
  3. Cracks on the out layer of the hose, often as you bend a hose you will see fine cracks on the outer cover this means the hose needs replacing.
  4. Chafe marks on the hose.
If you feel a new brake hose you will find it is firm, which will give you an idea of what to look for:
  1. Hoses that are very soft and easy to bend need replacing.
  2. A hard or brittle feel to hoses also means you need to replace them.
  3. “Spongy pedals” in your car will point you to looking at the brake hoses as a cause.
One of the best ways to test a brake hose is under pressure, so:
  1. Start the car in order for the booster to be working.
  2. Have somebody else inspect the hose under pressure.

Important: if one hose is faulty this almost definitely means the others need to be replaced as they are likely to be the same age. Also advise your customer that he will need to bleed the system AGAIN if he does not replace the other hoses at the same time.

With the CEF Brake Hose Manufacturing System it is now easy to supply hoses. What we find is that the some people in the motor trade turn a blind eye when they see brake hoses are worn, simply because they are difficult to source. This is not a problem any more.

Remember brake hoses are safety critical parts!

When supplying a CEF Brake Hose your are helping to return your customer's brake system to its original high quality standard.

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