Posted 16 October 2012 - 10:25 PM
Was under my 2002 Tahoe the other day and noticed rusted brake lines under the drivers side door area. They look pretty bad and I think I'm going to have them looked at. Has anyone had to have brake lines replaced on their trucks? Just wondering what it might cost.
Posted 17 October 2012 - 11:34 PM
Posted 18 October 2012 - 12:25 PM
Posted 18 October 2012 - 10:14 PM
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Posted 18 October 2012 - 10:17 PM
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Posted 19 October 2012 - 06:20 AM
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Posted 19 October 2012 - 06:54 AM
Posted 19 October 2012 - 11:02 AM
I bought my stainless steel line in bulk rolls from Summit Racing. It is only about $10 a roll more than the poly coated steel line and is just about as easy to work with. My mechanic called the stainless steel lines overkill, but I didn't want to worry about them. They have been on for over two years and still look brand new.
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Posted 19 October 2012 - 12:27 PM
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Posted 29 November 2012 - 06:26 AM
Thanks in advance, any info will help...(except for the local swedish GM dealership which couldn't answer if it was a car, truck or a goose)
Posted 29 November 2012 - 07:50 AM
Posted 07 November 2013 - 02:09 AM
I purchased a set of the Russell SS braided lines for my 2004 Chevy Tahoe ($134), and had a trusted local Ma & Pa shop install them all (5 hoses) and their labor bill came to $65 (1 hr labor & rack charge). This price included bleeding the brakes.
Replacing the flexible lines is a walk in the park. What is at issue here is corrosion leading to bursting of the hard lines (rigid tubing) of the hydraulic system. In my entire life (71 years) I've never had a brake line fail until recently. I understand that other tubing - fuel lines, transmission cooler lines, etc. is also corroding prematurely on these trucks.
My personal vehicle is a 2005 GMC Sierra 1500 Crew Cab Short Bed 4x4. I bought it new. Since I'm retired and like staying at home, I don't drive it much, particularly in the winter here in NJ. Last week my odometer reached 42,000 miles. The day before Halloween I had to go out to buy treats for the kids. On returning home, while maneuvering my Sierra to park it in my driveway, my brake pedal went soft and oozed floorward. At the same time, I noticed something like steam coming out from under the hood. On investigation I found that a rusted brake line clipped to the top of the chassis had sprung a leak, and was spraying brake fluid onto the hot exhaust manifold.
I understand that these lines are not available as replacement parts from GM. They must be fabricated by the dealership mechanics. The hours required to do this not only make the job very expensive but also introduces the potential for TIF (Technician Induced Failure).
Steel tubing fittings threaded into alloy components can be a real challenge to remove without ruining the component. And the dealer will use the same steel tubing as the original, meaning that you can look forward to it rusting through again.
A complete set of brake tubing in stainless steel can be purchased for about $330. But the labor necessary to install even these pre-bent tubes will still be considerable.
To say that I am disappointed with General Motors would be an understatement.
Posted 15 November 2013 - 03:55 AM
Just had the same issue. It is very alarming to be driving in traffic and suddenly finding your brake pedal traveling almost to the floor as you try to stop 6000 pounds of steel moving at 50 mph. I had just enough pedal (about 1/2" off the floor) to be able to drive home and then to the dealership the next morning.
My 2005 Duramax Crew Cab has 152000 miles on it and, honestly, other than batteries, brakes and tires this is the first real "repair" I've needed to do, so I'm not complaining too much.
But it did cost $1500 for replacement of all the brake lines by the dealership. One of them had rusted through and the others all showed lots of rust. This included the brake flush. Parts cost was minimal, about $250 for fluid, 27 feet of copper alloy brake line and a few fittings. Most of the cost was labor since the lines needed to be customer fitted.
Not much else you can do!
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