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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old May 27th, 08, 02:45 PM Thread Starter
 
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I am just wondering if that kind of a leak would stop a mechanic from replacing the back brakes. I was told that it would be a month before the back breaks would give out and that the leak needed to be fixed before he could replace the back breaks which he said would cost $300+ and the leak would be around $250+ to fix. does this sound right or is he just trying to scam me. Thanks guys
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Re: Rear Axel/Grease Leak

Former ASE mech FWIW. If the grease leaks onto the new shoes they don't perform as designed. A little leak they tend to grab, alot of grease they don't grab at all. I have been out of the mechanic field for over ten years but it seems his prices are fair at todays rates.

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The job is a pain. Gotta pull the axles. Maybe a smidge high though with just shoes. IMHO

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I am just wondering if that kind of a leak would stop a mechanic from replacing the back brakes. I was told that it would be a month before the back breaks would give out and that the leak needed to be fixed before he could replace the back breaks which he said would cost $300+ and the leak would be around $250+ to fix. does this sound right or is he just trying to scam me. Thanks guys
I have no doubt you can find someone to do your brakes even though your axle seals are leaking. As stated though the dif-fluid will destroy your brake linings and cause your brakes to fail. Your mechanic is being responsible if your axle seals are leaking. I doubt he is scamin' you, call another mechanic in your area and ask what he would charge to replace axle seals and to do a brake job. Someone will give you a ballpark figure over the phone.

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Sounds like your dealing with a true professional mechanic. Anyone that would replace the brake linings without repairing a leak that will destroy the new ones isn't someone I'd want working on my ride.
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old May 28th, 08, 06:34 PM
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Since he told you the truth from the beginning, if I used a mechanic, I think I would give him your business. Shop rates what they are, I don't think he is trying to gouge you or he would have changed the rear brakes in the first place.
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