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What Are the Signs of a Brake Line Being Cut?

by Jen Davis

If you suspect a brake line in your car has a cut in it, either because of an accident or vandalism, you should not drive the car until it has been repaired. There are several signs that can indicate your brake line may have a cut or hole in it. If your vehicle is exhibiting any of these signs, you should have it towed to a mechanic and repaired immediately. Brake failures and malfunctions can cause accidents.

Brake Fluid

If there is a puddle of brake fluid under your car, there is a chance that a brake line is to blame. If a brake line is cut, has a hole in it or becomes disconnected, your brake system will lose fluid and may not be able to build enough pressure to stop your car.

No Brake Fluid

If you open the hood of your car and your master cylinder's reservoir, which is the part of the brake system where brake fluid is added, is low or empty, then your brake fluid is going somewhere outside your brake system. A cut or hole in a brake line will cause fluid to leak out and your master cylinder brake fluid reservoir to empty.

No Brakes

If your car does not stop when you apply the brakes, you may not have enough fluid pressure in your braking system. This can be caused by several different problems, and a cut brake line is one of them. Your brake lines may also have been cut if your car still stops, but the brakes seem low, squishy or are rapidly losing fluid pressure.

About the Author

Jen Davis has been writing since 2004. She has served as a newspaper reporter and her freelance articles have appeared in magazines such as "Horses Incorporated," "The Paisley Pony" and "Alabama Living." Davis earned her Bachelor of Arts in communication with a concentration in journalism from Berry College in Rome, Ga.

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