Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Burlington, Ontario
Re: Brakes went OUT on me! What should I expect Cost Wise?
You're obviously not a do-it-yourselfer. If you were, you could save a bundle (sounds like the tech above replaced his lines with a much superior product). You can buy steel line in bulk for dollars, but it can be quite time consuming. Honestly, if you aren't a do-it-yourselfer, I don't recommend you start now. Brake lines aren't something a newbie should be playing with.
I've replaced many a brake line in various vehicles I've owned over the years, and it has never been expensive. Time consuming, yes (I like to remove the old line, and I bend the new line to closely match the old one).
As already pointed out, you may not be dealing with a failed brake line. It could be a hose, it could be a caliper (disc brakes), or a rear wheel cylinder (in the case of drum brakes).
Depending on the cost of the parts, what's wrong, and the labour involved, you could be looking at a repair around $100, or something far exceeding that.
As far as you're safety is concerned, have your vehicled towed to the shop of your choosing (maybe back to where you last had the brakes serviced). You shouldn't be operating any car with failed brakes, but with something the size of the Crown Vic/Mercury Marquis - you'll be a killer on wheels. Don't rely on your emergency brake stopping a full-size car anytime this century.