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How much does it cost to replace a brake hose?

The average cost to replace your brake hose is $136—parts cost about$18 and labor costs about$118. Keep in mind that this is just an estimate. Your brake hose replacement price will vary based on your vehicle's make and model.
How long does it take to replace a brake hose? A certified mechanic generally takes about 1.0 hours to replace your brake hose. Your mechanic will first look for physical damage or seepage and replace the brake hose(s) if needed.
Here’s an overview of the brake hose repair costs for different vehicles:
Brake hose replacement cost for various vehicles
Estimate DateCustomerCarFair Cost EstimateParts CostLabor CostLabor Time
May 23, 2024
Isuzu Ascender
$127
$18
$109
1.0 Hours
May 21, 2024
Smart Fortwo
$128
$18
$110
1.0 Hours
May 19, 2024
Pontiac G6
$167
$18
$149
1.0 Hours
May 13, 2024
Ford Fusion
$129
$18
$111
1.0 Hours
May 12, 2024
Fiat 500X
$143
$18
$125
1.0 Hours
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How did we estimate these prices?

Jerry's experts researched and collected data from 2500+ real repair shops in all 50 states in the US, including everything from the total cost of repair services to the hourly labor cost for mechanic labor in each shop. We combined that data with our expert database of hundreds of real repair jobs, thousands of real cars, millions of real car part prices in order to best estimate the cost of each repair service. Our labor cost estimate is calculated by taking the average hourly labor rate for a certified mechanic in the US, times the number of hours it takes on average to complete a repair. We recommend you compare your local shops with Jerry and contact those shops directly to get final pricing for your vehicle.

What parts do I need for a brake hose replacement and how much do they cost?

The parts needed for a brake hose replacement may vary depending on the vehicle, but here’s a breakdown of what you may need: 
  • New brake hoses: The brake hose is a flexible tube connecting the rigid metal brake line to the brake caliper or wheel cylinder. It is a critical component that delivers brake fluid from your vehicle’s master cylinder to the wheel cylinder (in a car with drum brakes) or brake caliper (in a car with disc brakes). The average price of a new brake hose ranges from $10 to over $100.
  • Brake fluid: Brake fluid is used in the car’s hydraulic braking system and amplifies your foot’s force on the brake pedal and turns it into pressure on your car’s brakes. Brake fluid costs about $6 to $39 per quart.
  • Brake bleeder kit: Once the new brake hose is installed, you’ll need to bleed the brakes to remove any air using a bleeder kit. Depending on the type and brand, these cost anywhere from $15 to over $100.
On top of these parts, you may also need:
  • Wrenches
  • Ratchet and socket set
  • Lug nut wrench
  • Floor jack
  • Wheel chocks
  • Pliers
  • Brake cleaner
  • Drain pan
    We recommend purchasing these parts from local auto part stores like AutoZone and online retailers like Amazon. We also recommend trusted brands like ACDelco, Raybestos, Dorman, DOT 3, DOT 4, Castrol, Mityvac, and OEMTOOLS for quality options to maintain your car's braking system.

Where can I get my brake hose replaced?

Finding the right place to get your brake hose replaced can be tricky—especially if you don’t have a trusted mechanic to turn to. Luckily, Jerry's
GarageGuard™
can help you compare costs for the services you need from over 2,500 reputable repair shops across the country. 
Jerry's GarageGuard™ compares fair price estimates from shops using their actual hourly labor rate. GarageGuard™ will also let you know if you need to budget for diagnostic fees and show you reviews from real customers to help you choose the best service.
Check out some of our vetted shops below and download the app to compare car repair quotes in your area.
168 Reviews
RepairSmith - Sacramento

Brake Hose Replacement Cost
Fair Cost Estimate for This Shop
$143
(Parts - $18, Labor - $125)
104 Reviews
Midas Auto Experts - Cottman
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854-60 Cottman Ave, Philadelphia, PA
Brake Hose Replacement Cost
Fair Cost Estimate for This Shop
$168
(Parts - $18, Labor - $150)
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$49.99
118 Reviews
101 Auto Care
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11945 S Dixie Hwy, Miami, FL
Brake Hose Replacement Cost
Fair Cost Estimate for This Shop
$178
(Parts - $18, Labor - $160)
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$120
114 Reviews
Torque Tires
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2558 NE 28th St, Fort Worth, TX
Brake Hose Replacement Cost
Fair Cost Estimate for This Shop
$107
(Parts - $18, Labor - $89)
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$5
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How did we vet these shops?

Jerry experts researched 2500+ real repair shops across the US. We talked to real shop customers, and analyzed both real shop pricing data and thousands of real customer reviews from each shop to verify them individually. We do not partner with the shops listed above, and our analysis is always unbiased.

How will a mechanic replace my brake hose

The mechanic will follow these general steps to replace the brake hose:
  • Jack up the vehicle and support it with steel jack stands
  • Remove the wheel and tire assembly
  • Place a pan underneath the car to catch the brake fluid
  • Relieve residual pressure in the brake line by briefly opening the brake caliper bleed screw
  • Detach each hose end and remove the hose
  • Install the new hose with new copper-sealing washers and factory OEM torque on the tube nut and banjo bolt
  • Bleed the brake system to remove all the air and road test vehicle
  • Do a final check for leaks after the road test

What happens if I don’t replace my brake hose?

Brake hoses aren’t typically considered a maintenance item, so they won’t be checked on a general service unless you specify. And because they don’t wear over time, they’re usually only replaced if there is an issue—i.e., they break, corrode, or are damaged. 
  1. Not replacing a broken brake hose poses a significant risk to you and cars around you, as your brakes will not be fully functional. There are two primary consequences of not changing your brake hoses
  2. Soft or spongy brake pedal: A defective brake hose can result in brake fluid leading, which will impair your ability to slow down your vehicle.

What is a brake hose replacement?

When getting a brake hose replacement service, the mechanic will assess the hose to confirm that a replacement is needed. The mechanic will also check all other hoses and lines to see if others are due for a replacement and to check for bad brake lines.
The brakes need the brake hose to function—it is a flexible pipe linking your rigid brake line to the brake caliper or wheel cylinder. Because the brake hose is flexible, it adjusts to your wheel movements easily. 
If the brake hose is leaking, insufficient brake fluid will reach the brake caliper. Without sufficient hydraulic pressure to force the brake caliper closed, clamping the brake pads against the rotors or the brake shoes against the drum, the brakes would not be able to function at full capacity. A snapped hose would cause the brakes to lose their function completely.

How do I know if my brake hose is faulty?

If you see any physical damage or seepage, it's time to replace your brake hose.
Other signs to look out for that may indicate a damaged brake hose include:
  • Brake warning light—if there are issues with any part of your brake system, your vehicle’s brake warning light should activate
  • Physical damage—cuts, cracks, abrasions, bulging, or rust at the hose fitting ends
  • Internal hose failure—can cause fluid blockages and is diagnosed using test gauges
  • End of lifetime—if you haven’t changed your hose in 10 years, it’s best to replace the hose

How often should a brake hose be replaced?

Like most other brake system components, brake hoses are designed to be durable and last. However, depending on your brake hose's material, they may experience corrosion from exposure to moisture and salt, or they can be flattened and interfere with fluid flow back and forth. 
That said, steel brake lines and rubber or steel hoses don’t have a recommended replacement schedule—they typically won’t need replacing unless something goes wrong and they become damaged. Rubber hoses generally last about six years, while stainless steel hoses are more durable and can last between seven and fifteen years. Still, you should have them inspected during
routine car maintenance

Can I replace my brake hose myself?

If you’re handy in the automotive department and looking for a DIY job, replacing your brake hoses is possible from home—as long as you have the right tools. But if you’re not confident in your automotive repair knowledge and are hesitant about tackling the job, leave it to a professional mechanic to change your brake hoses.

FAQs

Much like replacing brake pads, putting in new brake lines and hoses is pretty straightforward. As long as you have the required tools, it’s a simple swap that can easily be done at home.
If you’re prepared, replacing the entire brake line takes about two to three hours, while replacing the brake hoses takes about a half hour to an hour.
Exposure to the elements and the high heat generated during braking can lead brake hoses to wear out and develop cracks and tears, weakening the hose and impairing its ability to hold pressure. As such, it becomes more susceptible to developing brake fluid leaks.

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