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Old 05-01-2013, 10:48 PM
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210 wagon Rusted out brake lines/ suspension lines

I have a 2002 wagon 210 4 matic. I noticed last winter that the left side suspension and brake lines were starting to seep fluid. The dealer quoted $2000 to replace the rusting lines. The car is otherwise very good with 83,000 miles and is a daily driver for me. I like the car.
What should be done at this point about the line's which have rusted through and released all the self-leveling suspension fluid onto the ground? Is this something that I can do by re-routing the lines and replacing them with copper nickel brake line?
Thanks in advance! My wife wants to junk the vehicle at this point which I have owned now for 11 years and don't want to get rid of.

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Old 05-02-2013, 06:35 AM
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Any good auto repair shop can replace steel lines, changing them at home isn't difficult if you are able to deal with stuck rusty bolts and have a way to bleed the brakes. The MB quote is likely for using original prebent steel lines where a general repair shop will use straight sections or make lines from a roll. ( the lines can bent by hand but a $25 tube bender is much cleaner )

The self leveling system might require some trickery / trip to a good hydraulic shop as the ends might not be standard. You might even be able to buy used lines from sunny CA. ( the used brake lines won't be worth shipping however )

Changing brake lines is more labor intensive than parts intensive so I don't see it being over $ 500 at a shop even if they change the rubber brake hoses. ( changing the brake hoses is a good idea if they at all look worn )
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Old 05-02-2013, 07:20 AM
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cut out the bad lines Napa has pressure fitings and lines to repair brakes.They also can fix your hyd. lines too.

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