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

A typical Volkswagen brake hose replacement - driver side (front) in the UK costs around £100 - £168. Depending on your Volkswagen 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 Volkswagen cars in the UK in order to give you an idea of how much a brake hose replacement - driver side (front) costs. Volkswagen brake hose replacement - passenger side (front) costs on average £100 - £168, Volkswagen brake hose replacement - driver side (rear) costs on average £78 - £134 and Volkswagen brake hose replacement - passenger side (rear) costs on average £78 - £134.
Car modelFixter price range
Brake hose replacement - driver side (front) for Volkswagen Polo£100 - £156
Brake hose replacement - passenger side (front) for Volkswagen Polo£100 - £156
Brake hose replacement - driver side (rear) for Volkswagen Polo£78 - £123
Brake hose replacement - passenger side (rear) for Volkswagen Polo£78 - £123
Brake hose replacement - driver side (front) for Volkswagen Golf VII£107 - £168
Brake hose replacement - passenger side (front) for Volkswagen Golf VII£107 - £168
Brake hose replacement - driver side (rear) for Volkswagen Golf VII£85 - £134
Brake hose replacement - passenger side (rear) for Volkswagen Golf VII£85 - £134
Brake hose replacement - driver side (front) for Volkswagen Golf£107 - £168
Brake hose replacement - passenger side (front) for Volkswagen Golf£107 - £168
Brake hose replacement - driver side (rear) for Volkswagen Golf£85 - £134
Brake hose replacement - passenger side (rear) for Volkswagen Golf£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.

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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 Volkswagen 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.

Volkswagen

Volkswagen (often shortened to VW) is a German automobile manufacturer founded in 1937 by the German Labour Front, a Nazi labour union.

Volkswagen is the flagship marque of the Volkswagen Group, who in turn is majority owned by Porsche. They own and operate a vast number of cars under other brand names—at the time of writing, they have 342 subsidiary companies.

Possibly its most well-known model of the current generation, the VW Golf, was the 2nd best selling car of 2018, behind the Ford Fiesta, which consistently takes the top spot year after year.

The Golf’s 64k registrations in 2018 added to the vast tally of 3.4million Volkswagen cars on the road today.

High quality, highly rated, appropriately priced cars

VW cars achieve consistently strong reviews and are highly respected by critics and drivers alike. They are renowned for investing more money into research and development than almost any other marque and distributing their wealth of motoring knowledge across the many partner brands under the VW Group umbrella.

The Volkswagen Beetle: The ‘people’s car’

A classic of its time, originally named the Volkswagen Type 1, it soon became nicknamed the Beetle due to its unique shape, and subsequently the bug. The unique looking car was designed by Ferdinand Porsche for Adolf Hitler, who wanted a cheap and simple mass-produced car to travel around his country’s new road network.

The new model Beetle, originally launched to celebrate the original classic in 1997, and with an updated successor in 2011, was designed around the VW Jetta platform sharing much of its build with the Jetta and Golf. VW announced in 2018 that the Beetle would finally be removed from production in July 2019.

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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