The last thing you’d want to hear as a Bentley driver is that your car has a brake hose problem. Unfortunately, this is one of the most common problems that Bentleys develop over time, even with proper servicing and maintenance.
With the quality of workmanship that goes into the manufacturing of these cars, you’d expect them to have the best braking system on the market. Functional brakes are an important part of any car. This system makes it possible for you to slow down and stop while driving. We all know how unsafe your car could be if the braking system were to fail.
There are several reasons why the braking hose can develop problems and need replacing.
The braking hose is a small part of the braking system that makes it possible for brake fluid to move from the main cylinders to the calipers. This brake fluid is what fills up in the piston calipers and causes them to expand enough to slow down the car. Any fault in the braking hose will make it impossible for the brake fluid to flow through the system and bring your car to stop.
In addition to enabling the flow of braking fluid, the brake hose also accommodates the suspension during driving; this is why it needs to be of flexible material.
Causes of Brake Hose Problems
Being a flexible rubber part that expands and contracts often, the brake hose in your Bentley is not immune to wearing out. This wear will happen over time due to the normal deterioration which can be accelerated by oxidation. This leaves the rubber braking hose dried out and brittle, and it can develop cracks. These cracks cause leaks, leading the braking system to fail.
The braking hose also transmits high-pressure hydraulic braking fluid, something that increases the strain that it’s under at any given time.
In addition, the braking hose can develop faults where it joins the braking lines. This joint is often made of steel, which can become compromised by the external weather elements, including humidity. This moisture can cause rust, which will cause a leak where the brake line joins the brake hose. To prevent this from happening, you’ll need to ensure that your Bentley gets the best servicing on a regular schedule.
Signs of Brake Hose Problems
Because of the role that the brake hose plays in your Bentley, when it develops issues, there will be signs to indicate a problem. Among these is the visible wear that can be seen on the surface of the brake hose. This wear is because of the excessive contraction, expansion as well as turning as you drive around.
The heat that comes from the braking system also takes its toll on the braking hose causing it to start fraying. This is why it will have threads hanging loose all over its surface, signaling that it has come to the end of its life span.
Another sign of brake hose failure is that the brakes in your Bentley will feel spongy when you try to engage the system. This spongy feel is as a result of the brake hose leaking brake fluid, reducing the hydraulic pressure in the brake fluid significantly. This means that there will not be enough pressure in the brakes to cause effective braking. Your Bentley may not come to a stop when you need it to, causing safety concerns for you and others.
Another possible sign of brake hose problems is leaking brake fluid. Leaks will come from the cracks on the surface of a worn out brake hose. These cracks also cause the level of brake fluid to run low, sometimes low enough to cause complete braking failure.
Mark Douglas Motorworks: Bently Specialists
The only course of action that you should take when your Bentley has braking hose issues is to get the help of a Bentley specialist. Mark Douglas Motorworks can help you with quick and affordable repairs. We service customers in and around Mission Viejo, Lake Forest, Costa Mesa, Irvine, Huntington Beach, Laguna Hills and Laguna Niguel, CA. Schedule a visit with us today and one of our certified technicians will help resolve the problem and get you back on the road safely.