Brake line repair or replacement can be a problem issue after a harsh winter like we had recently. The road salt and other chemicals used to remove the ice and snow that covered local Clinton, MD roads, parking lots, and surrounding highways, mixed with the water can cause rust and corrosion to form on the brake lines and connectors.
To counter this kind of threat to area vehicles, Wiygul Automotive technicians carefully examine each brake line as part of a free inspection which also includes a check of the brake fluid level and brake pad thickness. After a particularly bad winter, a small amount of surface discoloration forming is normal. If we find it runs along the entire length of the brake line, replacement is needed to ensure the vehicle’s capability to brake safely.
Our technicians drain the brake system of fluid and disassemble the brake line connector and carefully remove both the damaged lines and the brackets that secure them to preserve the connection points. Then, they clean the connectors and brackets before measuring new lines for installation.
Technicians measure the old lines against new brake lines pulled from our stock on-hand. After matching and cutting the new ones, they dispose of the old lines according to EPA and state regulations.
Next, they insert one end to the brakes and secure it in place with a cleaned connector before carefully bending the new brake line into place and attach the other end to the brake fluid reservoir. Finally, they reinstall the brackets to hold the new lines in the correct position.
To ensure the installation went correctly, two technicians perform a brake check. One of them pours new brake fluid into the master cylinder reservoir, filling it, and then opens the bleeder valve. Another technician begins lightly tapping the brakes to bleed or force air from the new line. They continue this until the technician under the vehicle sees only new fluid exiting the line with no indication of air still trapped in the line.
Technicians now close the bleeder valve and top off the master cylinder reservoir with more brake fluid. If they need to replace all four lines, they begin with the passenger and driver rear brake lines, then the front passenger and driver lines.
The vehicle is now ready for safe operation again. In addition to brake line repair and replacement, our Clinton, MD clinic provides the following services with the same level of expertise:
- ABS Brake Repair
- Brake Hose Repair
- ABS Pump and Actuator Service
- New Brake Pad Installation
- Brake Caliper Replacement
- Resurfacing or Replacement of Brake Rotors
Although we began serving customers more than 40 years ago, Wiygul Automotive still works to be the best, full-service automotive choice in Maryland and Virginia. Call us at 866-702-8050 today to locate the Wiygul Clinic nearest you and schedule a brake line repair or a different appointment for your Clinton, MD truck, SUV, or car.