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Old 01-10-2013, 04:53 PM   #1
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Default How much would it cost to get your brakes replaced? (Necro thread)

So we know this guy who owns a shop and we've been there before, so we decided to go back and fix the brakes on my 07 Camry. I think he said he replaced all the brake pads and the rear brakes. I think he mentioned rotors too, but I can't remember. He's not quite done yet and he said it'll be between $300 and $400. Seems kind if high to me, but I don't really know anything about cars. What do you guys think?

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Old 01-10-2013, 05:21 PM   #2
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$515 for all for rotors and pads on my mini. 300-400 sounds good
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Old 01-10-2013, 05:31 PM   #3
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I installed the brakes on my truck ('98) for about $400 just for the front, but that was rotors and pads. $300-400 sounds good considering he's factoring in labor costs.
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Old 01-10-2013, 05:38 PM   #4
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New slotted rotors and pads all around with new parking brake shoes for about $400 in parts on a 3 series.
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Old 01-10-2013, 05:42 PM   #5
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He replaced all the brake pads and all the brakes. And the rear rotors. For $400.

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Old 01-10-2013, 06:10 PM   #6
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He replaced all the brake pads and all the brakes. And the rear rotors. For $400.
There are two major wear items on brakes:

pads & rotors - I' dont know from your comment above "all the brakes" on what exactly he performed. Rotors can be resurfaced rather than replaced - all depends on the thickness of the rotor.

For $400 - sounds like he used very cheap parts and gave you a break on labor.. My Akebono rear pads alone were $73 on my last car.
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Old 01-10-2013, 06:42 PM   #7
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Yeah he's a pretty good friend. He probably did use cheap parts. I dunno, there's no grinding noise anymore but it doesn't brake much differently.
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There are two major wear items on brakes:

pads & rotors - I' dont know from your comment above "all the brakes" on what exactly he performed. Rotors can be resurfaced rather than replaced - all depends on the thickness of the rotor.

For $400 - sounds like he used very cheap parts and gave you a break on labor.. My Akebono rear pads alone were $73 on my last car.
akebono are consider high performance parts, you dont need that on camry..
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Old 01-10-2013, 07:07 PM   #9
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http://www.autozone.com/autozone/par.../N-jp15lZ8knrq

he probably has an oem or equivalent supplier.. you can get 4 cheap disk for like 200 bucks + 2 sets of pads for 100, so basically he probably got something slightly better than autozone and only charging very little for labour
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Old 01-10-2013, 07:29 PM   #10
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Front rotors are 176 a piece, rear are 143
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Old 01-10-2013, 07:56 PM   #11
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I could probably replace rotors/pads on the Miata for under $150. I'd have to check into it as I haven't had a need to work on the brakes yet.

On the Infiniti when I had it, it would have been over $2000 due to the 2pc rotors I had.
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$200 for the pads..not sure about the rotors.
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Old 01-10-2013, 08:33 PM   #13
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I just did pads and rotors on my car for just over $800....and that was me doing the work.
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Under $200 for all 4 rotors and ceramic pads. I do my own brake work (and a lot of other things for that matter).
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Old 01-10-2013, 09:13 PM   #15
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Just using parts from Oreilly's as an example.

List price on Thermoquiet pads is $52 for the front and $67 for the rear. Generic rear rotors are $42 a piece by 2 is $84; total parts at retail list is $203. Lets just say instead of cutting them he threw new rotors on the front @ $43 ea and you're at $289 retail cost for decent parts. I'd say a not insane markup would be ~15% over retail so for your average joe it would cost $332 in parts (prolly a little more than that).

I'm shady on the exact math but its safe to say a commercial account pays at most 75% of retail cost, so at most his friend paid $217 for parts.

Most places I've seen charge 1-1.5 hrs per axle for a brake job, regardless of turning rotors or not. Split the difference and say 1.2 per at $100/hr and you're at $240 in labor.

So your average joe would have paid $572 + tax + shop fees for brakes all around with rotors, probably more with a higher markup on parts. Him giving you parts at cost would be $457, so he probably knocked off a half hour of labor at the same time. Pretty reasonable assumption he could have used decent parts and just gave you a friends/family type hookup. Either way your go about it, sounds like a decent price for what you had done.

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Old 01-10-2013, 09:24 PM   #16
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Entire brake replacement? Well, I've been looking at upgrades and it's between $2k and $3k for either fronts or rears, not both...

So.... ~$5k
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Front rotors and pads was a ~$260 job on my CTS-V. And the rotors are the size of pizzas.
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New slotted rotors and pads all around with new parking brake shoes for about $400 in parts on a 3 series.
$400 for what? Just the parts? Every time we took my wife's 3 series in for brakes it was $500 for fronts and another $500 for rear brakes.
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$400 for what? Just the parts? Every time we took my wife's 3 series in for brakes it was $500 for fronts and another $500 for rear brakes.
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You're responding in a necro thread, but to reply to your reply, go online and check out prices for parts. Brakes are generally cheap to do; $1000 seems outrageous, to me. Though, drilled rotors and high performance pads are a bit more; but that seems to be an awfully big bit more (to me.) Seems you're paying a lot for labor.
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You're responding in a necro thread, but to reply to your reply, go online and check out prices for parts. Brakes are generally cheap to do; $1000 seems outrageous, to me. Though, drilled rotors and high performance pads are a bit more; but that seems to be an awfully big bit more (to me.) Seems you're paying a lot for labor.
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Don't worry about the cost. That was a car we no longer own anyway.
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Old 05-17-2015, 03:08 AM   #21
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It's REALLY easy to replace discs, pads, rotors, drums, shoes, hydraulic cylinders at each rear wheel YOURSELF.

All you have to do is first watch YouTube videos that teach you HOW TO step by step. The ones by Scotty Kilmer just happen resonate with me, ymmv. There's tons of 'em to pick from.

Then go do it.
Put your money into buying TOP OF THE LINE stuff from discounters, there's a lot of 'em...a few (there are lots more) are
http://www.partstrain.com/
http://www.jkdautoparts.com/
http://www.usautoparts.net/

You can buy MUCH higher quality, RACE CAR LEVEL parts yourself for WAY less than your friendly local retail brake bozo will suppl you.

It's TRULY easy as pie. All you do is identify what rotors, pads, shoes, drums, wheel cylinders fit YOUR car, buy, put them in. Also buy new any additional brake fittings like backing plates, etc. Trivial expense.

Trust me, actually installing the stuff is brain dead easy...any clown can do it...it's really nothing more thsn turning bolts. Just keep going back to whatever YouTube videos resonate with you.

Other than the simplest socket set that we ALL have, the only other tool that might be useful is an impact screwdriver.
Some dick brake rotors are fastened to the wheel with Philips that you'll never turn by hand (trust me).

When you have a Philips screw holding a rotor onto a wheel (some have that, some don't ) then the ONLY way you can unscrew the rotor bolts is to hold an Impact screwdriver in the Philips screw head, and hit a hammer hard as all getout INTO (towards) the wheel. Your impact shock INTO the wheel (seemingly the wrong way) frees up the seized screw. So in addition to simplest socket set, you MAY (or may not, ymmv) also need a $20 impact screwdriver. And of course a jack and jackstand for safety.

Cliffs:
You can E A S I L Y have true RACE CAR quality brakes for less than you'll pay a bozo retail Midas brake shop for barely minimal quality garbage mass market parts. Put your money toward buying superior parts, replace yourself. Have your girlfriend/wife help do the line bleeding after....it's foolproof, really easy, and gives them a sense they helped. Win/win. It's super-easy brain dead to do a SUPERIOR job, with results VASTLY superior to the retail brake shop's, at about 50% - 70% the price.

I've done this MANY times, just for fun hobby passtime. EASY AS PIE but you need confidence first, so WATCH YOUTUBE HOW-TO's.
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Old 05-17-2015, 09:51 AM   #23
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It's REALLY easy to replace discs, pads, rotors, drums, shoes, hydraulic cylinders at each rear wheel YOURSELF.

All you have to do is first watch YouTube videos that teach you HOW TO step by step. The ones by Scotty Kilmer just happen resonate with me, ymmv. There's tons of 'em to pick from.

Then go do it.
Put your money into buying TOP OF THE LINE stuff from discounters, there's a lot of 'em...a few (there are lots more) are
http://www.partstrain.com/
http://www.jkdautoparts.com/
http://www.usautoparts.net/

You can buy MUCH higher quality, RACE CAR LEVEL parts yourself for WAY less than your friendly local retail brake bozo will suppl you.

It's TRULY easy as pie. All you do is identify what rotors, pads, shoes, drums, wheel cylinders fit YOUR car, buy, put them in. Also buy new any additional brake fittings like backing plates, etc. Trivial expense.

Trust me, actually installing the stuff is brain dead easy...any clown can do it...it's really nothing more thsn turning bolts. Just keep going back to whatever YouTube videos resonate with you.

Other than the simplest socket set that we ALL have, the only other tool that might be useful is an impact screwdriver.
Some dick brake rotors are fastened to the wheel with Philips that you'll never turn by hand (trust me).

When you have a Philips screw holding a rotor onto a wheel (some have that, some don't ) then the ONLY way you can unscrew the rotor bolts is to hold an Impact screwdriver in the Philips screw head, and hit a hammer hard as all getout INTO (towards) the wheel. Your impact shock INTO the wheel (seemingly the wrong way) frees up the seized screw. So in addition to simplest socket set, you MAY (or may not, ymmv) also need a $20 impact screwdriver. And of course a jack and jackstand for safety.

Cliffs:
You can E A S I L Y have true RACE CAR quality brakes for less than you'll pay a bozo retail Midas brake shop for barely minimal quality garbage mass market parts. Put your money toward buying superior parts, replace yourself. Have your girlfriend/wife help do the line bleeding after....it's foolproof, really easy, and gives them a sense they helped. Win/win. It's super-easy brain dead to do a SUPERIOR job, with results VASTLY superior to the retail brake shop's, at about 50% - 70% the price.

I've done this MANY times, just for fun hobby passtime. EASY AS PIE but you need confidence first, so WATCH YOUTUBE HOW-TO's.
I've done it many times too on cars I own but the BMW was my wife's car, she has a Lexus currently, and I generally just have her take it to the dealer for all services. They give her a loaner and I don't have to monkey around ordering parts and then spending hours wrenching on her car.

I don't even wrench on my own car anymore. Time is money and we're at a place where the money is not so much of an issue anyway.

I did install a trailer hitch 2 years ago after I bought my car and I would definitely not do that again. It was a lot of work and involved cutting the frame rails and dropping the exhaust. I saved a couple hundred bucks but it took me a few hours and a lot of sweat. I would never attempt that again.

I still do maintenance on my motorcycle but I do that primarily because I enjoy it. That reminds me, I have a wiring upgrade for the Ducati sitting in the garage I need to fit...
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Old 05-17-2015, 11:18 AM   #24
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A 2 year old Toyota RAV 4. Turn rotors and brake replacement $680 done at Toyota.
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Old 06-04-2015, 11:11 AM   #25
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Recently had front brake pads and associated parts (pins/boots) replaced on 05 Camry...no rotor or caliper work...used Akebono (Toyo OEM maker) high perf. pads...parts came to $100 incl shipping...labor was $60 by an indie working out of his garage.
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