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Old 01-16-2013, 07:47 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey guys, I'm pretty damn stupid when it comes to inner workings of cars, so I was hoping you guys can help me out here regarding brakes.

My front brakepads are wearing out and I need to change them . The dealer brought to my attention they would also need to check the rotors, and if it may need to be replaced. I keep doing research on this, and I can't get a definitive answer on how likely is it that I have to change the rotors?.

I have 60000km on it right now (37282.3 miles) and I rarely ever have to brake hard. Usually drive pretty casually... so I don't see how i would damage the rotors.

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ALSO! how much have you guys been charged for this job? I'm getting $450 CAD+tax for the dealership. (if i do it elsewhere, I might be trying out ebc pads...and some other rotor [any suggestions?])..
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I suggest doin the brakes yourself to save some cash. If you feel up to the task here is a good DIY.

Id go with the EBC pads personally. Rotors id change too. They are cheap.

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The quote you got from the stealership, just for brakes is too much.With that money,you can buy,almost top of the line parts,and just do it yourself

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I suggest doin the brakes yourself to save some cash. If you feel up to the task here is a good DIY.

Id go with the EBC pads personally. Rotors id change too. They are cheap.

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I'm in vancouver. I wanna confirm that the dealership's quote is for rotors and brake pads + installation.

I'm no good when it comes to DIY, I eff far too many of my diy projects up.
What rotors do you suggest ? Ive seen some good reviews on the EBC pads (especially redstuff)
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You can do the rotors/brakes yourself, but you need to have the right equipment. Here in the US you can buy a set of brakes for about $60 and a rotor each for about the same price, bringing the parts cost to $180. If you want EBC pads and specialty rotors, the cost goes more. Then add labor.

If you have time on your hands, you can replace them yourself. Ask yourself whether your time is worth the savings.
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The only special tool needed is the proper tool to turn in the piston on rear calipers. Besides that, a jack, stands, wrenches & sockets are basically all you need.

I bought raybestos pads & 4 rotors for my wifes car. Came to $250 or something like that. Brakes are a really simple maintenance thing that i think everybody should learn.

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Ya. For fronts on my Speed6 my local dealership gave me a quote $550 for pads and rotors. I did it with Hawk pads and Weinhere (sp?) rotors for $250 in Ontario
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Let us not forget the DeWalt Drill and 1/2" bit for the frozen screws!
You'll need to bleed the brakes too so you need a helper! Let us know if you're up for the task - but short answer is no - those miles should not require "NEW" rotors if you never stop from 70mph. Mine is a different story!
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I'll give you guys the disappointing no answer for being up to the task. However, I'll do my best to find a cheaper alternative to the dealer's. Unfortunately I've asked two different mechanics so far, and they've both quoted me with similar pricing.. I don't even think they'd be using oem parts, so thats a major nono. One of them said he can't even switch brake pads without switching rotors. I don't know it's hard to find someone reliable to do this stuff here.

Also mr smoke, I wish I had friends that could help. I'd totally be more inclined to try more DIY stuff hahaha. Thanks everyone for your help. Oh Lastly, does anyone have any suggestions for reliable rotors? I've seen a bit about the raybesto but where can I look into that? I can't seem to find them.

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If $450 includes set of new rotors, new pads, and labor, then you might as well go for it. Some shops give you a hard time about putting in aftermarket parts you bought yourself. Understandable, as you may have bought the wrong parts. Some shops will reuse your old rotors by shaving the surfaces - it's faster and costs just the same to put on new ones. You might be able to get away with reusing the old rotors without cutting them, but it's not recommended.
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