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hi,advisory on pipes got quote of 250 mechanic said he has to drop fuel tank as pipes go over it on 145 ithink it is 3 pipes in all anyone got cheaper quote
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Re: brake pipe corrosion


I had a similar issue with my old Fiat Brava, which shares the same underpinnings as the 145. My garage charged me a very similar price - it included renewing the pipes up into the engine bay.

I think that you will find that the bulk of the cost is in labour. If you are handy with tools & don't mind grovelling away under the car you can purchase tools, pipe & fittings to do it yourself. You would use the old pipes as a template for the replacements.

I have seen discussions elsewhere either on this forum or the 145 forum (Alfa Romeo 145 - 146 Forum (Powered by Invision Power Board)) where this topic has been discussed in a bit more depth.
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Re: brake pipe corrosion

It's not a difficult task as said, just very labour intensive and time consuming, and whist the fuel tank is being played with no other work is legally allowed to be carried out in the building aso they have to factor in a cost for lost work, my old garage did have a seperate bay for this type of work, so this kept the cost of it down considerably as it was isolated from the main workshop. Unfortunately most garages dont have this facility so for £250 that is really fair.
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Re: brake pipe corrosion

I had this problem on my 16VT Fiat coupe which uses the same system and floorpan.

I managed to remove the old pipes without removing the tank, then fit slightly longer copper items and route them around the front of the tank instead of under it.
I think I paid about £35 for the flaring tool and about £10 for the pipe, and the job took around 2 hours. The hardest part is removing the old pipes from the brake bias compensator, as you need to remove it from the suspension beam, and the bolts will probably be corroded.

I think £250 is a bit steep.

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Re: brake pipe corrosion

Originally Posted by symonh2000 View Post
. The hardest part is removing the old pipes from the brake bias compensator, as you need to remove it from the suspension beam, and the bolts will probably be corroded.

I've just done the pipes on my 145 as i'd got the tank off sorting out the anti roll bar.

I did away with the compensator valve/block and fitted in its place 2 one way reducer valves from a MK5 escort/MK4 fiesta, these are located on one side of the master cylinder under the bonnet of the ford car.

With these fitted i was able to route the pipes (shorter runs) in such a way that if i do need to replace them at a later date i can get at them without removing the tank.

They cost me a fiver for the pair from a breakers and there are plenty of old fords in there

I did a track day yesterday and no braking problems, it all brakes true and square and i did use them hard

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