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Break line rusted out

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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  • tsp_69 Sep 02, 2008

    Thank you for your comment. I did get it fixed $2200. parts cost $400 and $1600 for labor And $200 in taxes. I did get a second estimate and they wanted $55 per hour plus parts. its done now and i'm safe.

  • Anonymous Oct 14, 2008

    My dtr has a 1999 buick century and as she was going down a hill she tried to brake...pedal went to the floor and she could not stop til the hill turned into flat pavement and she cont to pump the brake...we were quoted $2100 to fix the brake and fuel line that are rusted....the kicker is that it was just brought to the dealership for complete check up/maintenance and there was no mention of rust....they replaced brakes and sway bar to the tune of $1100 and that was in July....wouldn't you think the rust factor would have been picked up then? please advise..not sure whether to replace the lines or get another vehicle...by the way she has 75K miles on the car.....thanks....

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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

Posted on Aug 31, 2008

  • Curt Downs Sep 03, 2008

    Glad to hear you can drive safely. Thanks for the update!countrycurt0

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