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Old 02-26-2009, 11:00 PM   #1
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OK, it could be very bad. As soon as I stepped into the car, I felt something fishy with the brake. Tried really slow and carefully in the parking lot. Man, within a minute, the brake was toally gone, warning came on and fluid everywhere around the right rear tire!

You might remember I asked before regarind the rust on the brake line. Now they have finally officially gone. I don't have time to replace them myself. What kind of $ I am looking at?

The car runs great but with 178k miles now. I in fact might want to get rid of it and get a new/newer one. I might be able to get some good deal at this time. So please help me decide. Thanks.
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There'* no way of knowing what it will cost, each shop is different.
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Sure, but what is the typical figure? I will probably call some shops tomorrow. But you know I am impatient...
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Personally, I have no idea, I do all my own work.
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They charge different $/hr, but they generally book you at approximately the same number of hours regardless of how long it takes them. Motivates them to go faster and ensures the shop doesn't lose business because of the slow guy. I'm not exactly sure why one brake line would take an extended period of time if they have the requisite equipment for bleeding and such.
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Just for the record, if I decide to repair the car, I will replace all brake lines. Many places are rusted. Well, the car spends its entire life in Michigan. What can I complain? So I think I am looking at quite some hours and money.

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You are probably talking about 50ish feet of line, plus the time to bend and secure it. Then bleeding.

Probably somewhere around 5-7 hours.
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OK, I have pretty much made up my mind to get another car. It would be probably 600+ to fix it and I don't think it'* a good deal. That means that I will probably leave this forum, at least leave 92-99, , when I get my new car. Anybody wants to pull me back?

I in fact love bonneville a lot but there aren't that many out there. Maybe I will get an impala? Any good suggestion? I hope to get one with 225/60R16 tires so that I can use my winter tires of only 6000 miles.
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I just had to do a patch on my 1992. The lines are all pretty bad (salted roads). I'm thinking of retiring her.
Can a shade tree mechanic handle replacing all the fuel lines? I'm not as young as I used to be.
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