My 2000 LHS needed new rear brake lines. I bought two 25 foot rolls of Nickel Copper line, 8 feet of gravel guard, the rubber hoses and some brake fluid. I brought it to my mechanic as I didn't have time. I asked him if he could change the front while he was in there so that I would not have to worry again about leaking brakes (I did the master cylinder and booster myself last summer).
Anyways, they had the car two days, the right rear caliper was leaking, so they changed that too.
When I went to pick it up, he said the fronts looked OK and didn't change them, he gave me back the front rubber hoses. I was a bit disappointed because I know they are rusted and would feel safer if they had been changed. The other part that bothers me is he didn't give me back the gravel guard, which is only for the right front tube and I got no leftover copper nickel line. My understanding is 50 feet is enough to do all 4 lines. (I don't see any of the gravel guard on the rear lines either)
Finally, they didn't remove the old lines and route the new ones using the clips and brackets. Instead, they followed the old lines and zip-tied the new ones to the brackets along the way in parallel. At the back, he zip-tied it to the rubber section of the fuel filler tube and then connected them to the proportioning valves. Is this normal and acceptable? Would this pass a safety inspection in Ontario? I noticed that on the highway when accelerating I now get a loud vibration for a couple of seconds and I think it is the sound of the lines vibrating somewhere against something.
I didn't think pulling the old lines would be hard and since it is the Copper Nickel, making the bends to follow the original path should have been easy no? Maybe an extra 1/2 of work no?
Usually the mechanic does good work and doesn't over charge, I am not sure what I should do.