Replace 93 Escort Brakelines or Replace Vehicle?


Old 08-22-05, 01:11 PM
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Angry Replace 93 Escort Brakelines or Replace Vehicle?

One of the rusty brake lines from front to rear failed today on my wife's 93 Ford Escort LX 1900 SOHC 4 door hatchback. Fortunately no collision!

I crawled under and examined the situation. It appears I need to replace both lines that go from front to rear and both lines that go from the center of the rear crossmember to the rear wheels. The three lines that didn't break yet are guaranteed to do so!

It appears that this could be an extremely labor-intensive job which is a lot more difficult than a similar replacement I did on a 1965 Mustang and probably beyond my ability.

Does anyone have an estimate on the labor and/or parts (total cost) to replace all 4 of these lines? I would like to determine if it's time to replace the vehicle?
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Old 08-22-05, 01:27 PM
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while it may be time consuming to bend the lines and route them like the factory the brake lines themselves is very inexpensive and im sure you could do it yourself if you wanted, any parts store should have them available in different straight lengths and they bend easily by hand or you could purshase a hand tubing bender for the tight bends all the lines would probably be under 50 bucks.
unfortuanately most labor rate books do not give a time for replacing the metal lines and most shops would charge by the hour for however long the job would take.
Old 08-23-05, 11:05 AM
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Since the car is a beater you could pick up lines at a junkyard to. The job is really really easy to do if you already have prebent and cut lines, all you really need is a good set of flare wrenches
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