Recently the car woul'nt stop. I had it towed to the dealer and they stated that the brakeline is rusted out and that it could be a $2000 job. due to if the brake line is replaced and the other lines wont hold they will all have to be replaced. does that sound accurate or should i get a second estimate?
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Re: break line rusted out
WOW that's high. They are correct to want to replace all the lines, 'cause they could be liable if another one goes right after they fix it, and another probably will. I plow snow, and my trucks brake lines have been changed twice, due to road salt. I would get at least 2 more estimates. It is a nasty job, as everything you try to take off is rusted up bad, but I'm sure u can do better , possibly a private garage. There are stainless steel lines available on the internet, but not sure if your model is available. They cost a lot more than regular steel, but if u don't plan on keeping the car another 8 yrs. go for cheaper steel. good luck countrycurt0
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This is a serious problem. Depending on what material you use, and who works on this car, will directly reflect on the price of the repair.
Many of the replacement parts have to be hand fitted. Some preformed lines are available, but they are often sold as a complete set.
There are special tools needed to create a brakeline out of a coil of material. Each end of brakeline would need to be crimped with the correct fitting for the individual inlet hole. Using different sizes of fitting is the Manufactuers method to insure that the brakeline fits in only the correct place.
This made more sense when replacements were bolt on parts and readily available. Today though, it is a complication to buy different size ends for each brakeline.
You are going to want to go either to a Brakeshop or someone who has done this work before. Consider this, all Brakelines were installed the same day on the Assembly line. If 2 leak now, it won't be long before all 4 leak. If you do not know the History of the car, and what was replaced earlier, you need someone to inspect the brakes.
Hello, If you can do plumbing it is not difficult. You may need the help of a small tube bending tool if you buy straight line. You would need to remove the current line, catch the brake fluid, and then take the old line to the Autoparts store.
The Autoparts store may be able to reshape a new line for you. Call ahead to ask if they can do this service. The ends of the new line may or may not have the correct size fittings, so attention to detail is important. The fittings can be purchased separately.
There is "bulk" line in coils which have to be fitted with the end fittings. To install AUTOMOTIVE type fittings, you need a flaring tool capable of what is called a double inverted flair. Not all flaring kits have this improved shaping capability.
You may try Ford to buy a preformed brakeline. They may have it, but Ford stopped stocking stuff like this so when backstock is gone, you will need to custom make the line as I described. The Autoparts stores do have some aftermarket brakelines, usually the type with rubber hoses crimped into an assembly. The entire brakeline assembly has several jointed sections so it keeps the replacement costs down.
The last bit of advice I have is the hanger system Ford uses. At various sections, the joint between two separate pieces is part of one line or the other. Ford uses "C" clips to position the lines when they go through any mounting bracket. The brakeline may have a machined surface to accomodate the clip. So what I am struggling to say is the brakeline may be harder to remove than just by unscrewing a fitting. The line may be clipped to a mounting bracket.
You replace Brake lines, you do not patch them. You need to go under the vehicle and follow the line with your hands and eyes. You need the Year and Model of the vehicle and if it is a truck, the wheelbase.
There are a few connection joints which are in areas where smaller sections of hose can be replaced. Some lines are a real chore to replace. Most of today'sBrakeline has to be handmade or custom copied with factory prints by specialty shops. Ford does not supply much of the replacement brakelines.
I just went through this on my 99' F150. Several things to consider are the age of the vehicle, if it is suppose to last or be scrapped, and where you drive it. Salt used on roads or not.
Once you have a Brakeline leak, they were all installed the same day, theres' more leaks coming.
You can get a nice set of Stainless Steel lines preformed, by checking out the Internet. There are also coiled Steel lines in Factory, Stainless and Powercoat (different colors) materials. The best Factory lines are made to Volvo specification, a Copper-Nickel alloy which is suppose to survive 15-17 years of a Salt bath.
I used the Volvo alloy on my F150 and hand-formed each line from coils of material. There were no blueprints for Prefab Stainless for 1999 and newer F150's. I would have lucked out with the factory being 45 Miles from my home, and only 24 hours to custom make. Stainless was cheaper and easier with factory fittings and shapes. But at least I know my brakelines will outlast my truck.
When I started bending the rest of the non-leaking lines to put in the trash, some of them shattered from rust. If I would have replaced only 1 leaking line, I would have been working on the brakelines constantly and risk an accident with each failure.
add seafoam to fuel tank this will stableize the fuel add fresh gas, pull spark plugs spray wd40 or pb blaster into each spark plug hole replace with fresh plugs make sure that everything is "DRY" before starting if mosture in on any electronic part of the car it could cause it to fail if need be use a hair dryer to warm serface to dry. make sure battery is in good shape, start car let run till up to operating temp test breaks (DO NOT PLACE IN GEAR) hold breaks down firm for 1-2 mins to make sure that brake lines do not fail due to sitting could have line rusted and you want to make sure that everthing will work properly before even moving it this includes rotors brakes emergency brakes if you are not sure and want to have someone who knows what else to do it would be a good investment to have the car "flatbeded or wheel towed" to someone you trust and have them go over the car I am guessing the car was just parked without any long time storage mesures taken spraying the undercarrage for rust prevention and rot if kept in a dry garage then you have a better chance that you will not run into problems but the basics of getting the car to roll I have told you take your time getting it up and running main things are brakes, rotors, brakelines, seals, belts, tires, hoses, electronics,battery, gas,plugs cylinder walls of engine fresh oil and filter, fresh transmission fluid and filter, fresh power steering fluid. these are the things that you need to do for a classic car like this good luck and enjoy!
Depending on which brake line (front or rear) you can get a preformed brakeline from a chevy dealer, or possibly a parts store if an aftermarked fix is available. If not a local service center can usually patch in a new piece of line at the problem spot. The price of the line that is preformed will be quite expensive. If you have a "patch" job done to the line, the parts will be minimal, but the labor can add up as the service people will possibly have to bend and flare the lines to make them work.. which takes time, and they will enerally charge you a flat"hourly" rate for the service, which can add up as well.
If you want to do this yourself, just remove the brakeline. Go to a parts store and buy the length of brake line that you need. Most brake lines are 3/8" or 1/4" so get the right size. Get the brake line fittings. You will need tubing cutter, tubing bender, and flairing tool. Just cut it to the right length, bend it to the right shape, and install it. Presto!!! New brake line! Hope this helps. Good luck.