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insurance co. surprise/e-brake replace

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by big d, Jan 23, 2002.

  1. big d

    big d 1/2 ton status

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    my insurance company sprang a surprise on me towards the tail end of last year i wanted to share with people. seems they are sending out periodic requests to their customers with older vehicles to get them to have their vehicles safety inspected and then have the form sent to them. the kicker is the inspectors had to be a legitimate businesses and not your friend ! had to be signed and everything. this was to my dismay because i had several issues that was going to cost $$$$$$$$ ! i have heard that more and more insurance companies are requesting this. well anyways i didnt get mine done and i havent heard anything yet. i did get my vehicle checked out to find out some stuff and i found out i have no e-brake. the former owner ripped out almost the entire system ! anyone know how hard of a job this would be to replace ? could the average back yard mechanic do it ? all the way to the levers in the rear ? are there safety issues ? the garage i went to said it was going to cost like 300 bucks ! i found cables for reasonable at autozone. any and all info is appreciated. thanks.

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  2. BigTex

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    Just another way for the insurance companies to get us. I feel this way and that's because I work for a friggin' insurance company. What a bummer...

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  3. Grim-Reaper

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    What company? I'm Betting Geico. They are jerks.

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    I wonder how they can say much if it passes a state inspection

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  5. thatK30guy

    thatK30guy 1 ton status Premium Member

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    Darren, even if you have to get the e-brake working again, the parts, if you buy them new, are not that bad priced.

    For your year of truck, '79, you can get all the e-brake cables, lines, etc. back working for way under $100. [​IMG]



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  6. m j

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    small pull it yourself wrecking yard time.
    you can buy a parts truck 2wdr out of the local trader paper for $300 if you had to

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    Watch for the muzzleflash!
    Darren, that was the first thing I fixed on my truck it was easy, I'd just go to the wrecking yard and get everything..

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    Wonder how they do it in states that don't have safety inspections? Probably have to come up with their own "certified" inspectors. Fun. I know some companies do similar regarding mileage.

    In Geico's defense, I haven't had any problems, (5 years or so now) and they were the absolute cheapest insurance company for what I wanted.

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    The company I work for used to do this in california on vehicles over 15 years old with full coverage. people would buy a car at the junkyard all beat to heck and get a clean title for it (somehow). Then they would put comp and collision on it and say the had an accident that totaled the vehicle...shortly after they would get a fat check. Nice scam huh?
     
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    I would buy new cables. The junkyard ones will be stretched. If you're going to go to the trouble to install them you will be happier in the long run with new cables. The brake adjusting parts that go inside the drum you can get at Kragen or Pepboys. I went to Autozone a few times and they seem to have off-brand stuff. In-Line Tube has cables.

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    that's when you tell your insurance company to suck a fart out of your ass........

    if the state inspected it, that's good enough.....

    greg

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