Brake Line Leak - '95 Integra

Hi,
Mechanics just found a small brake line leak under my '95 Integra. They say it is an 8hr/$800 job to replace it. Has anyone else had this done? They are on the expensive side. What might be a more
typical cost? I'm in eastern Massachusetts.
Should I be worried about a catastrophic failure or can this go for a while?
Thanks, Gary
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Well did the mechanic tell you exactly where the leak is and what part of the line is leaking? If I had to guess it probably is a crack in the rubber so they are suggesting that all of the rubber lines be replaced. I'm not sure how much this costs but $800 does seem very high. Call back and get more information, then call around to other places and see what they would charge. The only thing that is going to stop your car from hitting the person in front of you is dependant on the brake fluid getting to your calipers so that the pads make contact with your rotors. Do you want to chance that the fluid does not make it to them? Your call.
Nick
On Mon, 25 Jun 2007 15:46:30 -0400, "Gary Brown"

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Gary,
Get a new mechanic. I'm not meaning to offer your mechanic if it's a friend but that quote is a little outragous. If the leak is in a hard steel line, you can cut it and double flare a nut on both ends with a union in the middle or male/female connect the splice. I have found that using the union seems to be a little more sturdy but it all depends on your ability to flare the lines properly. Either way, if the rubber line from the caliper to the hard line, proportioning value or ABS is gone, you should be able to get that line for $100 or less. After the line is replaced, you will need to bleed the brakes with fresh fluid. I would do it myself but if I wanted a mech to do it, I would get the replacement line and the brake fluid and ask him to quote on the labour. To replace the line or repair the hard line and do a full bleed should be a 2 hour job tops (likelyless than that). Assume on the high side that the dealer would be $90/hr (CND) so figure $180-$200 on the labour side and another $100 plus or minus for the line costs. I would say $300-$400 would be what you should pay at the dealer. I'm sure I'm about to get my head torn off by some dealers and ASE techs, etc. Perhaps I'm off base here... Maybe someone can check MOD for a brake bleed (ABS may be a little longer or more involved as they need to pulse the modulator/line).
Good luck. Andrew.
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