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Old 14 Jul 2003, 12:38 pm
jeff|yin
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Default Cost of Brake Job

Approximately how much would it cost to replace the brake master cylinder
and flush the brake system at a non-dealer service technician?

(For the reason why I'm doing this, refer to "Increased Brake Pedal Travel,"
a previous post I made)

Thanks,
jeff|yin


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Old 14 Jul 2003, 01:18 pm
Beryl Lerner
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Default Re: Cost of Brake Job

I would estimate with a "NEW"Master Cylinder, and fluid flush the total
price will be approx $450.00

"jeff|yin" <yinnout@hotmail.com> wrote in message
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> Approximately how much would it cost to replace the brake master cylinder
> and flush the brake system at a non-dealer service technician?
>
> (For the reason why I'm doing this, refer to "Increased Brake Pedal

Travel,"
> a previous post I made)
>
> Thanks,
> jeff|yin
>
>



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Old 14 Jul 2003, 05:59 pm
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Falling asleep through Beryl Lerner's post...

> I would estimate with a "NEW"Master Cylinder, and fluid flush the total
> price will be approx $450.00


I concur

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Old 14 Jul 2003, 09:40 pm
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Default Re: Cost of Brake Job

Actually the total price for the master cylinder and fluid flush, which
incl. parts and labor, was $310. =)

Well, =) that it was less than $450, but =( that it set me back $310! But
then again it's better to have working brakes than save 300 bucks.

Thanks for all your help everyone.

jeff


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Old 15 Jul 2003, 04:35 am
Franz Bestuchev
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Default Re: Cost of Brake Job

Now if you start getting a stiffness in the pedal check your brake
booster check valve and then the brake booster itself. Brakes are
incredibly easy to work on!

jeff|yin wrote:

> Actually the total price for the master cylinder and fluid flush, which
> incl. parts and labor, was $310. =)
>
> Well, =) that it was less than $450, but =( that it set me back $310! But
> then again it's better to have working brakes than save 300 bucks.
>
> Thanks for all your help everyone.
>
> jeff
>
>


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Old 15 Jul 2003, 07:13 am
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Default Re: Cost of Brake Job

On Tue, 15 Jul 2003 03:35:19 -0600, Franz Bestuchev
<fbestuchev@n05p4m.userealsugar.com> wrote:

>Now if you start getting a stiffness in the pedal check your brake
>booster check valve and then the brake booster itself. Brakes are
>incredibly easy to work on!
>
>jeff|yin wrote:
>
>> Actually the total price for the master cylinder and fluid flush, which
>> incl. parts and labor, was $310. =)
>>
>> Well, =) that it was less than $450, but =( that it set me back $310! But
>> then again it's better to have working brakes than save 300 bucks.
>>
>> Thanks for all your help everyone.
>>
>> jeff
>>
>>



You can get remanufactured brake master cylinders for like less than
80 bucks.


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Old 15 Jul 2003, 04:57 pm
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Was it a "NEW" master cylinder ?

"jeff|yin" <yinnout@hotmail.com> wrote in message
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> Actually the total price for the master cylinder and fluid flush, which
> incl. parts and labor, was $310. =)
>
> Well, =) that it was less than $450, but =( that it set me back $310! But
> then again it's better to have working brakes than save 300 bucks.
>
> Thanks for all your help everyone.
>
> jeff
>
>



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Old 16 Jul 2003, 02:18 am
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Yes, it was new. Why the quotes around it though? Are they not really new or
something?


"Beryl Lerner" <giantREMOVESPAM@bcpl.net> wrote in message
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> Was it a "NEW" master cylinder ?
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Old 16 Jul 2003, 10:16 pm
Franz Bestuchev
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It was mentioned because a master cylinder is really nothing more than a
steel piston and some rubber seals. Usually it fails because people
don't flush the brakes often enough and the steel piston rusts and tears
up the seals, or the seals just fail with age. In both cases the result
is the same-pedal falls to floor.

You *can* take the master cylinder apart and just replace the seals and
give it a once over for a lot less money, but it's one of those things
where you have to decide your comfort level. I personally use new master
cylinders - why not, I really like my brakes to be dependable.

jeff|yin wrote:
> Yes, it was new. Why the quotes around it though? Are they not really new or
> something?
>
>
> "Beryl Lerner" <giantREMOVESPAM@bcpl.net> wrote in message
> news:qJ_Qa.32$XH1.147108@news.abs.net...
>
>>Was it a "NEW" master cylinder ?
>>

>
>
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Old 16 Jul 2003, 11:20 pm
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"Franz Bestuchev" <fbestuchev@n05p4m.userealsugar.com> wrote in message
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> You *can* take the master cylinder apart and just replace the seals and
> give it a once over for a lot less money, but it's one of those things
> where you have to decide your comfort level. I personally use new master
> cylinders - why not, I really like my brakes to be dependable.
>


IMO, the best value is in buying a rebuilt one (which I just installed in my
Integra last weekend, coincidentally). There's a significant savings between
buying rebuilt and new, but much less of a difference between a rebuilt one
and a seal kit. In CDN dollars, my options were:
new -$200
rebuilt - $80
kit - $40

Some shops may be averse to installing anything other than new, in order
that they may guarantee the job. It's a fairly easy home driveway project,
unless the nuts on the lines are badly seized with rust, in which case I
don't suggest trying it unless you're experienced.

Rob


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