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#2004 of 2028 Re: Brake fluid [ski23bum]
Mar 02, 2011 (11:41 am)
Thanks. I'll keep those in mind. Had the brake fluid changed out a few months ago as it was noticeably dirty.
#2006 of 2028 Question about brake repair
Sep 01, 2012 (9:31 pm)
Recently my brakes started squealing and I took it to a mechanic. He initially said the brake pads would have to be replaced and quoted me around $260 each axle. Then he called me up and said that the front rotors would have to be replaced since they were metal to metal. I was wondering as to why the rotors need to be replaced since they can be resurfaced and I had brake problems for only a couple of days and surely the brake pads would have given some indication that they were wearing out before going metal to metal. He even showed me the place where the metal on the rotor had filed away because of the brake pads being metal to metal. He quoted me $718 + tax. Of which about $315 is labor and $310 is parts and $50 is something like sublet which I think is rotor turning. Is the job too expensive. My car is at 60k miles and this is my first brake job.
#2007 of 2028 Re: Question about brake repair [salilsurendran]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Sep 02, 2012 (8:11 pm)
What year make model of car are we talking about?
#2008 of 2028 Re: Question about brake repair [Mr_Shiftright]
Sep 02, 2012 (11:30 pm)
It's a 2008 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder 2-door convertible.
#2009 of 2028 Re: Question about brake repair [salilsurendran]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Sep 03, 2012 (9:46 am)
rotors are $90 each
pads for the front are $99 for a set
Labor should be about 2 hours give or take
So if the labor rate is $100 an hour (don't know in your area), that's $200 labor and roughly $300 parts I listed---so $500 is about right.
any additional work or materials would be added on, of course.
Rear pads would be $75 the set, plus maybe 1.3 hours to replace them in the back.
So another $200 for rear pads.
#2010 of 2028 Re: Question about brake repair [Mr_Shiftright]
Sep 14, 2012 (8:30 pm)
So you are basically saying that $718 seems right for front rotors and all brake pads.
#2011 of 2028 Re: Question about brake repair [salilsurendran]
Sep 15, 2012 (7:53 am)
Look/call around and you can find it a lot cheaper than that. Brakeway will do a 4 wheel brake job with "quality" ceramic pads and turn your rotors for $139. Most shops though you'd be looking at between $400-$700 for that work. A dealership will be at the high end of the price scale.
#2012 of 2028 Re: Question about brake repair [salilsurendran]
Sep 17, 2012 (6:12 am)
I had the front brakes done on my Dodge Dakota truck a couple of months ago. Bill came to $750. This included:
1. Front pads and rotors
2. One front caliper assembly
3. New hardware (caliper bolts, spring clips, etc)
4. Brake fluid flush/changeout
5. Rear brake inspection and adjustment(?).
#2013 of 2028 Tried replacing my own pads this weekend.
Sep 25, 2012 (12:33 pm)
I'm sure this has been covered but I am patting myself on the back for changing my own pads this weekend. If you don't need things like the rotors turned changing your own brakepads is surprisingly easy (and pretty inexpensive). On my car (2004 Honda CR-V) literally, jack the car up and use a second jack to support the wheel (not sure if necessary but I had it so I did it). Remove the tire. Find the two bolts on the back side of the caliper (they have rubber boots connected to them). Undo one and rotate the caliper out of the way. Replace pads and other needed parts. Check the rubber boots for cracking and make sure the pins move properly. Depress the caliper, this is the hard part as it takes strength (I'm not the strongest person in the world) and some patience to do it by hand but I did it. They likely make tools for this but it can be done by hand, just remember that you are forcing liquid back out through a tiny hose so it will move VERY slowly and you just can't speed it up.
All in all, to replace the front pads it took me 20-30min tops for both sides combined and $50 for some Wagner Thermoquiet ceramic pads. No clue if there are better deals on pads but I've been very happy with them on the rear and I decided to put them on the front as well.