Automotive brake lines come in 3 basic types,in order to accommodate specific needs. Steel brake lines, standard brake hose, and reinforced brake hose.
The steel lines are a tube made out of steel or stainless steel that is used as the routing lines, this sends the fluid from the master cylinder to each of the wheels on the car. The reason to use a steel line is that the line must run under the body of the car and be able to withstand rubbing against objects like the chassis. A rubber hose would be able to develop a hole easier and can lead to brake failure. Stainless steel lines are available and work the same as steel, the main advantage is that they will never rust whereas steel can.
Once at the wheel the steel brake line will stop, you now need to use a flexible line to allow the vehicles suspension to travel without breaking the hose. The standard hose is made from a type of rubber, this tube can bend and is connected to the vehicle brakes from the steel line. Flexibility is required at this connection that a steel line is not able to accommodate.
The reinforced brake lines are typically a rubber hose with a stainless steel mesh around the hose. Stainless steel brake lines will not last any longer then a regular rubber brake lines. The main advantage is that the reinforced brake line is able to contain more of the pressure when the brakes are applied by reducing the amount of swelling that the line is able to produce. This extra pressure will eliminate the soft or squishy feeling in the brake pedal. Another advantage is that the reinforced lines are able to withstand more abrasion from the elements than an unprotected line.
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