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2003 - 2010 Mercury Grand Marquis
buckpasser

Recently when I step on the brake in reverse the car still rolls. What I'm doing now is when I put it in reverse I pump them and the pedal gets harder and higher and I pump in reverse. I thought I was in need brakes, naturally, but my mechanicsays no. He showed me a square metal part under the hood in plain sight with 4 tubes or rods coming out, one for each tire I belive. I forgot what he called it, but he said it was an expensive part, very expensive part and advised me to get rid of the car. The car is a 2004 Grand Marquis GS with 45,000 miles on it. Should I spend the $1800+ or just call it a day. He ahs been my mechanic for 4 years and I swear by him, but if there's another way that someone else came up with with similar conditions I'd be open to hear it.....Thank you

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Response from AcuraT

1:27 pm March 22, 2018

I have worked on cars - I am guessing it is a brake control unit. That is a computer, and it is quite expensive to replace as it controls how the brakes work (all those fancy features like ABS, Traction Control, etc.) Those can easily run you over $1000 to fix as the part is nearly that on its own without figuring in the labor to replace and ensure the programming is okay. Figure another $400 in labor (about four hours or half a day of work so that $1800 is an honest estimate for something like that part).

I would believe your mechanic and not deal with it. I am only guessing and that is all any of us can do as you don't know the name of the component that is broken.

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Response from buckpasser

1:21 am March 23, 2018

AcuraT:

Thanx for the info. I already purchased a used unit for $60 bucks and a couple a hundred to have my mechanic put it in, even $300 is worth a shot. The car is in very good shaped otherwise and only 45,000 miles, been in the family since day one. I want to sell or trade the car and it's not like the radio doesn't work or the power seats are broken, the brakes are super important (LOL) and I felt like I should at least try to fix the problem. So thanx for the info, seems like you were right on the money.....


Buck

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Response from AcuraT

3:37 pm March 23, 2018

Hey, thanks for letting me know. I don't tend to answer mechanical quesitons very often as I have knowledge but at the same time it is very hard to diagnose based on just some text. Glad I got it right this time. Using a used part is a very smart idea. That saves you a lot of money - particularly on a part like that one.

If mechanically it is a good as you say it is, if you like it, you could buy used parts and fix it... but it seems you want a newer car. Cannot blame you.

I buy my cars new or used using a checklist I built that allows me to check out a used car and find major issues. My current car I bought new - a GM built 2006 Saab 9-3 that now has 187,000 miles on it and it has never stranded me or had a major problem. I am thinking with all the new safety features after 12 years the time is approaching me to bite the bullet in the next year or two and sell it and buy a new car. Maybe a Kia Stinger or Buick Regal GS after they have been built and are into their second model year. I never buy a first year model from anyone - they have too many problems, including Toyota.

Best of luck Buck, I appreciate your repsonse.
Best wishes

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Response from buckpasser

1:26 am March 24, 2018

Hey:

Just received the part today 2 day priority from Louisiana to South Florida which was included in the price of $61 and will be taking it to my mechanic on Monday. If it goes well I think I got a good deal. I also saw a video on YouTube of a mechanic demonstrating how to remove this part, it took him all of 6 minutes...LOL. Anyway he separated the plastic module and said to send it to him in California as his company repairs these things. He said they'd repair it and send it right back...LOL

Anyway, thanx again for your help and I'll let you know the outcome.

Buck

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Response from AcuraT

5:03 pm March 24, 2018

Response from LectroFuel

5:54 pm March 24, 2018

I'm glad to hear that your repair was MUCH cheaper than you thought. Even if it was $1800, that car is probably worth at least $7000 with that really low mileage. They were tanks. Good luck!

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