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Brake job cost

fishyx 1,300 163 April 16, 2016 at 05:00 PM
Getting ready to do the brakes on my elderly Rents 2008 Taurus. Just wondering what shops and dealerships charge these days to install 4 NEW rotors and decent Ceramic pads. With Advance Auto codes I can easily keep the parts cost below $200.00 but wondering if it's still worth doing them myself these days. Just did my 2011 Ford Edge for around $180.00.

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Labor hours and rates will vary by shop and area. I highly doubt you will beat $200 by DIY.
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I'm not certain how accurate they are, but there are some sites that attempt to offer estimates.
Here are a couple:
http://repairpal.com/
http://www.napaautocare.com/estimator.aspx

If you know of a smaller local shop with a good reputation they're often less expensive than some of their competition. I suspect it would run over $600 to do all 4.
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Do it yourself -- your pricing beats any shop by a lot.
Brakes are just too easy to do to pay someone a huge markup -- especially if you are not dealing with drums. This is a slap on job.
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Rotors are like $50/ea unless you get the super cheap ones. A set (2 wheels) of pads is another ~ $50/ea, so just for the parts you are looking at about $300. NOW you can lurk for a rebate, and get from AAP using one of their crazy coupons, but still I'd imagine the lowest cost is about $200 OOP. Rotors are super easy to do.... simply a crime to pay a show to do it unless you are absolutely unavailable to do it yourself.
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Thanks. Ended up ordering everything today. Did 3 separate orders to take advantage of the 40 off 100 code and came in just under $200.00.
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$3-$350 per job
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They would do it right.
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They would do it right.
Have you ever done a brake job? Despite being a critical system on the car they are not complex and quite easy to do, especially disk brakes when your replacing the rotor and pads. The most important thing is to grease/not grease depending on the model of car/parts you have, maintain clean pads and rotors before first use, and bed everything in correctly.
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They would do it right.
Brakes are given to the newest, dumbest people at the shops. Anyone even remotely handy can do as good or a better job.
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Brakes are given to the newest, dumbest people at the shops. Anyone even remotely handy can do as good or a better job.

When I'm doing anything on my car and I hesitate I stop and think ..... if some doofus kid that can't legally drink can do this, I certainly can.
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Your user name and comment don't match at all.Smilie
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I'm all for diy if you've got the time, space, and tools. A brake job doesn't take too many tools, but there are times where it's impractical to buy all the tools required. I used to live near a friend who had a freaking lift and every tool you could imagine in his garage.

The internet and tool loan/rental options from auto parts stores are making it easier to diy.
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I'm all for diy if you've got the time, space, and tools. A brake job doesn't take too many tools, but there are times where it's impractical to buy all the tools required. I used to live near a friend who had a freaking lift and every tool you could imagine in his garage.

The internet and tool loan/rental options from auto parts stores are making it easier to diy.

I used to be of the same opinion, did my own oil changes and the like and basic stuff though I never would try anything complicated as I am not mechanically inclined. As time went on though, I realized that saving $10-$15 to do an oil change yourself was just not worth having to get under the car, collect and recycle the oil and play contortionist with your hands to get the filter out and all the other nonsense.

Brakes without a lift...just pay someone to do it...not worth the hassle imo. After a certain point you realize it just is not worth the effort. Same for stuff around the house like cleaning gutters...not climbing 30 foot ladders and risking falling and all to save a few bucks. My dad hurt himself doing that installing an old aerial on the roof when I was a kid (hurt his knee when he slipped and caught his leg in between ladder steps) and I learned the lesson that it is better to part with a little cash than go outside your comfort zone when you do not have to or when the potential risk if you mess up is high. Just is not worth it.
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I used to be of the same opinion, did my own oil changes and the like and basic stuff though I never would try anything complicated as I am not mechanically inclined. As time went on though, I realized that saving $10-$15 to do an oil change yourself was just not worth having to get under the car, collect and recycle the oil and play contortionist with your hands to get the filter out and all the other nonsense.

Brakes without a lift...just pay someone to do it...not worth the hassle imo. After a certain point you realize it just is not worth the effort. Same for stuff around the house like cleaning gutters...not climbing 30 foot ladders and risking falling and all to save a few bucks. My dad hurt himself doing that installing an old aerial on the roof when I was a kid (hurt his knee when he slipped and caught his leg in between ladder steps) and I learned the lesson that it is better to part with a little cash than go outside your comfort zone when you do not have to or when the potential risk if you mess up is high. Just is not worth it.
Can't explain why, but, for some reason, I enjoy doing all that stuff. In 30+ years I've never taken my vehicles in for brakes or fluid changes. I do think I'm a dying breed cuz most of my buds don't even cut their own lawns.
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