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How much does a brake hose replacement cost for Audi cars?

A typical Audi brake hose replacement - driver side (front) in the UK costs around £100 - £168. Depending on your Audi model and engine, and whether you live in a big city or a small one, the price of a brake hose replacement - driver side (front) on your vehicle can be higher or lower. We computed prices for some of the best-selling Audi cars in the UK in order to give you an idea of how much a brake hose replacement - driver side (front) costs. Audi brake hose replacement - passenger side (front) costs on average £100 - £168, Audi brake hose replacement - driver side (rear) costs on average £78 - £134 and Audi brake hose replacement - passenger side (rear) costs on average £78 - £134.
Car modelFixter price range
Brake hose replacement - driver side (front) for Audi A3 Sportback£107 - £168
Brake hose replacement - passenger side (front) for Audi A3 Sportback£107 - £168
Brake hose replacement - driver side (rear) for Audi A3 Sportback£85 - £134
Brake hose replacement - passenger side (rear) for Audi A3 Sportback£85 - £134
Brake hose replacement - driver side (front) for Audi A1 Sportback£100 - £156
Brake hose replacement - passenger side (front) for Audi A1 Sportback£100 - £156
Brake hose replacement - driver side (rear) for Audi A1 Sportback£78 - £123
Brake hose replacement - passenger side (rear) for Audi A1 Sportback£78 - £123
Brake hose replacement - driver side (front) for Audi A4£107 - £168
Brake hose replacement - passenger side (front) for Audi A4£107 - £168
Brake hose replacement - driver side (rear) for Audi A4£85 - £134
Brake hose replacement - passenger side (rear) for Audi A4£85 - £134

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What does a brake hose do?

A brake hose is designed to transport hydraulic pressure from the brake pipes of your vehicle to its wheel cylinders and brake calipers, this pressure helps the brakes to engage properly when slowing or stopping. Brake hoses are absolutely vital to the safe operation of a vehicle.

What are the symptoms of a malfunctioning brake hose?

Below are the top three symptoms that could indicate you need to replace your brake hose:

  • Spongy brake pedal

  • Leaking brake fluid - usually a light brown colour

  • Faulty or failing brakes

What happens when we do a brake hose replacement on your car?

Our certified mechanics will:

  • Inspect the brake system to establish which brake hose needs to be replaced.

  • Replace the damaged or faulty brake hose.

  • They will then top-up the brake fluid.

  • Bleed the brake system.

  • Finally they will inspect the brake system and test drive the car to ensure it’s safe.

Daniel, from LondonDaniel, from London

Hey Fixter, how often does a brake hose need replacing?

A brake hose should last for up to six years. As with any car part, its lifespan will depend on its quality and the amount of wear and tear that is experienced by your braking system.

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Want to learn more about Audi brake hose replacement?

What does a brake hose do?

A brake hose is designed to transport hydraulic pressure from the brake pipes of your vehicle to its wheel cylinders and brake calipers. They are usually made of hard-wearing, flexible rubber or stainless steel, making them far less prone to wear, expansion and other damage, keeping them working perfectly for longer. Due to the brake caliper being attached to the wheel, the hoses must be flexible in order to accommodate for the vehicle's suspension and wheel movement when turning and traveling over uneven surfaces.

As with any component of a braking system, brake hoses are absolutely vital to the safe operation of any vehicle using a hydraulic braking system – which is why you should have them replaced as soon as you notice any issues or damage.

Audi

Audi AG is a German automobile manufacturer, established over 100 years ago in April 1910, and has been owned by the Volkswagen Group since the 1960s.

This marque design and engineer luxury vehicles and distributes them worldwide. In the UK alone, there were over 1.7m Audi vehicles on the roads in the final quarter of 2018; a number that is continually growing year after year, and has more than doubled in the past decade.

Audi’s success can be attributed to its ability to move with the times, retaining its reputation as a prestige manufacturer and as part of the ‘big 3’ German marques responsible for high sales throughout the world market, alongside Mercedes and BMW.

Luxury executive vehicles for every type of driver

Audi’s current range features predominantly luxury executive and family cars of varying sizes: with compact to full-size saloons, coupés and sportback models, complemented by a growing range of SUV and sports car models.

Vorsprung durch Technik

The Audi brand is easily recognisable by their 4-ring logo—originally representing the four car companies to create Audi’s predecessor company, Auto Union—and their world famous slogan that ran for over 30 years, translated as ‘Being ahead through technology’. Despite no longer being used in their mainstream marketing, the meaning behind it still stands true of the brand today.

Audi: A sensation in rallying motorsport

Throughout the 1980s the Audi Quattro was famous for dominating rallying worldwide. The introduction of their four-wheel drive turbocharged model went on to win the World Rally Championships in both 1983 and 1984 and amassed a number of podium finishes and titles throughout the decade, all across the globe.

Audi’s reliability and reputation

Audi ranked 20th place out of 30 car brands in the What Car? Reliability Survey in 2018. Audi’s reputation for creating reliable running vehicles has steadily improved over time to become a strong contender to some of the Asian brands that have continued to dominate in this area.

How often should a brake hose need replacing?

Brake hoses will usually last for at least 6 years, however this can vary depending on driving conditions, frequency of use and the quality of the hose. Mechanics recommend that brake hoses should definitely be replaced after 15 years. At this point they will most likely be very worn and the risk of them dangerously breaking is very high.

The law, vehicle regulations and your MOT

It goes without saying that your braking system is crucial to the safety of your vehicle, and is therefore thoroughly inspected during the annual MOT. If any of your brake hoses show signs of excessive wear, damage, twisting or chaffing this will result in an MOT failure. Less serious wear and tear will most likely be classed as a minor, but is still important to keep an eye on.

What causes a brake hose to break?

Brake hoses are constantly exposed to moisture, dirt and road grit, as well as high heat generated by braking. Therefore, over time brake hoses can become worn out and damaged.

What are the signs of a bad brake hose?

Usually, there a few signs you can look for:

  • Spongy brake pedal

  • Leaking brake fluid - usually a light brown colour

  • Faulty or failing brakes

  • Visible damage to the hose

How often should you replace your brake hose?

A basic rubber brake hose should last for up to six years depending on its quality. As with any car part, its lifespan will also depend on the amount of wear and tear that is experienced by your braking system. For example, if you regularly use your vehicle on rough terrain or in heavy traffic, it's likely that your brake hoses will need replacing earlier.

What happens during a brake hose replacement?

During the repair our certified mechanics will:

  • Inspect the brake system to establish which brake hose needs to be replaced.

  • Replace the damaged or faulty brake hose.

  • They will then top-up the brake fluid.

  • Bleed the brake system.

  • Finally they will inspect the brake system and test drive the car to ensure it’s safe.

What is the average life of a brake hose?

Brake hoses will usually last for at least six years, however this can vary depending on driving conditions, frequency of use and the quality of the hose. Mechanics recommend that brake hoses should definitely be replaced after 15 years. At this point they will most likely be very worn and the risk of them dangerously breaking is very high.

Can you drive with a broken brake hose?

No, a car with damaged or faulty brakes is unsafe to drive. Because brake hoses are a part of the vehicle’s braking system, they inherently become an important component to the overall safety of the vehicle.

For this reason, if you suspect that there may be an issue with one of your brake hoses, it's important to have the brake system inspected by a professional technician, such as one from Fixter, to determine if your car needs a brake hose replacement.

Do brake hoses deteriorate with age?

Because brake hoses are constantly exposed to moisture, dirt and road grit, as well as high heat generated by braking, over time they can deteriorate becoming worn out and damaged.

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