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Rear brake lines rusted through?

I had a $600 brake job done on my 1993 Cierra in the fall of 2007. The fronts were totally redone. The backs were fine so they cleaned and adjusted them.
Since it's still under warranty I brought it back when the right front wheel was getting very hot. When I went to wash the car it was like a steam machine when the water hit it. It only happened to one wheel, so I figured it needed to be checked.
When the mechanic looked at it and raised it up on the rack. He said the front was fine. My rear brake lines were rusted through. He wanted $500 more. This was for replacing the lines only. The master cylinder is fine. When I got in to drive it home, after having them fill the brake fluid, the pedal went to the floor and there were no brakes.
I told him that I definately had brakes when I came. Did THEY break the line? Of course, they said no.
Why did they not see the bad brake lines last time it was in? They said my braking system was fine then, as they took my $600 check.
When I got the car home, my driveway looks like a river of brake fluid. If the car had been leaking before, I would have seen it.
Can brake lines rust in 8 months? Do you think I'm getting ripped off?

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  • annad0628 Oct 27, 2008

    Here is what finally happened. My son has a friend who is a mechanic. I guess he felt sorry for old mom, so he agreed to come over and take a look. The parts cost $70 and took about an hour to fix, right in my driveway.

    Just a note to let people know, there are still some good guys out there! Anna



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From the information you've provided, YES, you seem to be getting ripped off. This does not sound like a scrupulous mechanic. I don't know what recourse options you have available to you against this shop, but you need to go somewhere else.

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  • plastic Oct 27, 2008

    Well I'm glad you got your problem resolved and were able to save your money. I hope my comment helped you save your money from going back to that shop. If so, please leave me a "FixYa" rating. Thank you.



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