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

A typical Mercedes brake hose replacement - driver side (front) in the UK costs around £128 - £212. Depending on your Mercedes 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 Mercedes cars in the UK in order to give you an idea of how much a brake hose replacement - driver side (front) costs. Mercedes brake hose replacement - passenger side (front) costs on average £128 - £212, Mercedes brake hose replacement - driver side (rear) costs on average £121 - £190 and Mercedes brake hose replacement - passenger side (rear) costs on average £121 - £190.
Car modelFixter price range
Brake hose replacement - driver side (front) for Mercedes A Class£128 - £201
Brake hose replacement - passenger side (front) for Mercedes A Class£128 - £201
Brake hose replacement - driver side (rear) for Mercedes A Class£121 - £190
Brake hose replacement - passenger side (rear) for Mercedes A Class£121 - £190
Brake hose replacement - driver side (front) for Mercedes C Class£128 - £201
Brake hose replacement - passenger side (front) for Mercedes C Class£128 - £201
Brake hose replacement - driver side (rear) for Mercedes C Class£121 - £190
Brake hose replacement - passenger side (rear) for Mercedes C Class£121 - £190
Brake hose replacement - driver side (front) for Mercedes E-Class£135 - £212
Brake hose replacement - passenger side (front) for Mercedes E-Class£135 - £212
Brake hose replacement - driver side (rear) for Mercedes E-Class£121 - £190
Brake hose replacement - passenger side (rear) for Mercedes E-Class£121 - £190

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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.

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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 Mercedes 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.

Mercedes-Benz

Mercedes-Benz is a German global car manufacturer and a division of Daimler AG. They were established over 100 years ago in 1926 and have grown to be the biggest selling premium vehicle brand in the world.

The number of Mercedes cars on the road in the UK continues to rise, reaching 1.9million by the final quarter of 2018. There are almost 5 times as many Mercedes cars on the road as there were in 1995, showing just how popular this marque has grown to be.

Helping these powerful statistics on their way, the Mercedes A-Class was announced as the 8th best selling car in the UK in 2018. The premium family hatchback is vying for position against the ever-popular VW Golf—the current leader in this class.

Premium executive models of every shape and size

Mercedes deliver hatchbacks, saloons, estates and coupés at every size from their A- to E-Class ranges, as well as executive SUVs, the V-Class MPV, and of course, a more than desirable selection of convertibles and roadsters.

With prices rising to well over £100k, Mercedes cars are a great contender as the executive car of choice.

Mercedes-Benz: Giants of Formula One

Mercedes has always been a keen player within the F1 championship, taking their first 2 titles back in 1954 and 1955. Through the 1990s they joined forces with McLaren as an engine provider and part owner, bringing titles for both Mika Häkkinen and Lewis Hamilton and a constructors championship in 1988.

Their current and outright domination of the sport began in 2014, as a team in their own right, it has featured 5 straight constructors titles, with Lewis Hamilton taking 4 world championships and Nico Rosberg taking the other in 2016.

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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