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Post by centralPA on Sat Jun 23, 2012 4:08 pm

So I got my brakes fixed 2 months ago, everything is good, right? WRONG. I seldom go anywhere. Well I had to run an errand last night- and Friday night traffic is heavy... When I went to slow down- I had no brakes. It took 3-4x the distance to stop.

Normally a car would have been in front of me. Remarkable that no accident.

So then I carefully went the other road- home- a less traveled road.

So I was up late all worried- if it is too expensive do I have to junk the car.

I called my brother who is an expert on everything- he said if I can wait until August he will fix it- he lives out of state.

The neighbor took me to get water today. She is willing to take me the few errands that I can not bike to.
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Post by alexisio on Sat Jun 23, 2012 8:11 pm

Take it back to the mechanic who supposedly fixed them. Surely you have some sort of guarantee, he would of written down the mileage an shit , or did you use a backyard mechanic?
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Post by centralPA on Sat Jun 23, 2012 8:14 pm

No. He has a shop. I looked in the brake fluid, and it needs quite a bit.

As you recall- I had the brake lines all replaced.
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Post by alexisio on Sun Jun 24, 2012 2:08 am

centralPA wrote:No. He has a shop. I looked in the brake fluid, and it needs quite a bit.

As you recall- I had the brake lines all replaced.
Take it back to him then, if he is a good mechanic he should fix it for you, at least ring him an explain what has happened. Good luck with it .
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Post by centralPA on Sun Jun 24, 2012 1:19 pm

Thanks. Part of me really wants to do that. My brother does not "owe" me anything. ...could be the master cylinder. I guess I need to know if the brake lines were done right.

The good thing is there is no hurry. I can do some errands by bike. It is not like when I had to be at work every day.... so yay for that.
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Post by centralPA on Sun Jun 24, 2012 1:21 pm

PS- my brother is the one who found me this car. I bought it used 8 years ago- and have only replaced the battery, tires, and brake line. Not bad for a 98 chevy.

ooops- he did the brakes for me 5 years ago.
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Post by alexisio on Sun Jun 24, 2012 11:50 pm

Update your Insurance details!
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Post by Dirtbikepilot on Mon Jun 25, 2012 5:31 pm

I was going to say take the car back to the mechanic and demand a repair until you said it was 5 years ago.
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Post by alexisio on Mon Jun 25, 2012 11:20 pm

Dirtbikepilot wrote:I was going to say take the car back to the mechanic and demand a repair until you said it was 5 years ago.
Read all the posts! It was 2 months ago the mechanic did the brakes ( It was 5 years ago his brother did the brakes ) Get with the program will you dbp?
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Post by Bulldog on Mon Jun 25, 2012 11:55 pm

Yeah man, get wiff der program !!
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Post by Blythe Masters on Wed Jun 27, 2012 10:42 am

Yes it sounds like you were very lucky Mr PA. You must have a very experienced chauffeur.
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Post by alexisio on Wed Jun 27, 2012 11:50 am

She is back Very Happy
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Post by Bulldog on Wed Jun 27, 2012 12:23 pm

Owe God, now you've started him of again and we had just got em down to a reasonable level.
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Post by Dirtbikepilot on Wed Jun 27, 2012 12:27 pm

You may have to reassess his medication Dr Butch.
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Post by alexisio on Wed Jun 27, 2012 12:37 pm

Yes Dr Butch i need some lil blue pills too!
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Re: No car brakes! Could have killed someone!

Post by centralPA on Thu Jun 28, 2012 9:41 pm

I took the car back to the mechanic. This could be the front brake line- which was not replaced- the back ones were.

So now I wait.
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Post by alexisio on Fri Jun 29, 2012 12:05 am

Keep us updated
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Post by centralPA on Sat Jun 30, 2012 4:26 pm

Yeah- I like when topics are updated.

So after I seen a leak under the drivers seat- I took it to the mechanic.

He had replaced the REAR brake line- not the front.

It will cost $90, and $30 for an oil change.

So $120 I am out the door.

A brake line- one really needs a lift to do it right- so my brother could not have helped out on this.

I am glad I figured out to take it in.

I told him not to hurry since I do not get a check until Monday.
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Post by alexisio on Sun Jul 01, 2012 12:48 am

Good work. I am glad YOU figured out to take it in . That was really good thinking on your part. Hopefully you will be ok now.
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Post by centralPA on Sun Jul 01, 2012 1:13 am

I had gone to the store- when I seen leakage- that told me -- that the mechanic should look at it. Yay
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