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Old 04-20-2003, 12:35 AM
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Alright, so my dads a lawyer, and he represented a guy in a case that had some legal problems who used to own a shop. His problems were not because of his shop, his shop was amazing, but he was in an accident and has had all kinds of spinal problems and what have you, but if theres something he knows its cars.

Just wanted to give him a quick shoutout, and the man he brought along to do the work for him who used to work with him on the night before easter at 10pm. Now those are friends.

So heres the problem, which explains why the car is pulling right, which the body shop and the dealership could NOT diagnose after 1 month. 2 months to repair the car, then 1 month for them to stare at it and do nothing. Let alone, the dealership passed my car through inspection with it looking like this. Way to endanger my life dealership, and way to "inspect" it. They're getting an earfull monday.

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This is for the idiots at the dealership who kept telling me they rotated the wheels and tires, and "inspected" the car and DID NOT SEE THIS. And who blamed the pulling on the NEW factory WHEELS for the car pulling right. Yeah ok.

That is the front left side you're looking at. The brake line was rubbing against the tire, which wore it out, and there went my brakes. Which explains why the pulling was getting harder and harder to the right. It started out as a light pull, then the pulling got harder as the line got more worn out, causing the front left wheel not to be at "full" breaking power, while the front right wheel was braking harder, causing it to "pull" right.

They're going to get new lines and take care of some other things they noticed basically just for the cost of parts. If only he was well and able to move, he'd be over my house every day
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Old 04-21-2003, 09:19 AM
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Jeez G....good thing it didn't put you up against another Jersey barrier! Scary stuff.

What's the name of that sorry-a$$ dealership so the rest of us can avoid them!!

I think they's should at least spring for new SS lines all around.
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Old 04-21-2003, 11:09 AM
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Unless you PERSONALLY are going to inspect your brake hoses/lines every 3-months, just get new factory MB brake-hoses over stainless-steel hoses/lines.

FWIW, ANY vehicles that are over 5-years old without a documented brake flush (I prefer every year) and changing of brake-hoses, should get one done ASAP.

IMHO, every 60K miles the brake-fluid resevoir should be inspected and PULLED and the seals replaced (cheap!), which will mean a full bleed/flush.

If the car has ABS, use a pressure-bleeder because pushing the brake-pedal all the way down past the normal day-to-day range means you're pushing the master-cylinder into probable areas of corrosion that will nick the master-cylinder seal and require a rebuild and/or replacement.

Change them brake-hoses, you'll be amazed if they are over 5-years old.

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Old 04-21-2003, 11:44 AM
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The mechanic is coming back tomorrow, he's going to get all new brake lines for the car and flush out everything and do everything for me. I can't wait

And i know Jim...there would have been hell to pay if I visited Jersey again
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Old 04-21-2003, 12:22 PM
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Neil, this is the first time I've heard anybody mention changing brake lines as a maintenance item!! Changing lines in an abs system is quite an undertaking in labor and cost. I don't see how you can justify it as long as fluid moves within the lines. What happens to these lines after 5 years that you can't remedy with a flush?
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Old 04-21-2003, 12:38 PM
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Let me clarify: change the brake hoses (aka, brake lines), I didn't mean the metal brake lines.

The brake hoses eventually harden and swell, and have too much compliance in them, esp. after 5-years.

Also, if you're going to flush, pull the resevoir and replace the rubber seals for the resevoir and get a new cap.

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Agreed... brake hoses!

Thanks for clarifying!
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