With the cost of fuel rising, it’s natural to wonder if other aspects of car ownership are on the rise. In any case, now is not the time to delay maintenance. This can lead to costly repairs in the near future. How much does it cost to replace brake pads and discs? Here’s what we know:
Simple answer: it depends. The make and model of your vehicle, as well as your location and braking habits, greatly influence the cost of braking work. Typically, high performance European cars such as BMWs, Jaguars and Audis are more expensive due to brakes, rotors and labor than affordable commuter cars. OEM parts also usually cost more than aftermarket parts.
Each shaft includes four shoes that press on both sides of the metal disc of the rotor. Typically, four brake pads cost between $20 and $100, while labor costs range from $70 to $130 per axle, AutoChimps explained. Rotors usually cost around $40-$90 each and take a little longer to install, so you might have to pay $100-$150 for the job.
It is recommended to replace the rotor and gasket at the same time, resulting in a significant price reduction. While the make and model of the car affects the final result, the cost to replace rotors and brakes averages between $250 and $430 per axle, including parts and labor.
Better maintenance practices, such as regular brake fluid changes, can greatly extend the life of your brakes. The cost of changing fluids can range from $100 to $250. iSeeCars explains that if you haven’t changed your brake fluid in years, you should do so when you change discs and pads.
Brakes are an important component of any vehicle and they are designed to wear out. It may seem counterintuitive from a safety standpoint, but the brake pads that make contact with the rotor are made of friction material that wears down over time.
Old brakes include asbestos wear pads. This dangerous material was outlawed in the 1970s. Goodyear Brakes explains that modern brake pads are made from organic materials, mixed metals or ceramics.
If you’re only replacing brake pads, there’s a good chance you’ll have to replace your brake discs before the new ones wear out, effectively doubling the amount of time your car spends in the shop. According to iSeeCars, there are several reasons to replace brake pads and discs at the same time.
Slotted rotors can squeak terribly during maintenance when installing new pads. Although the lining loses more material over time than the rotor, the rotor becomes thinner over time. Loss of mass can lead to deformation and excessive vibration, which are known to reduce braking performance. Changing brake pads and discs at the same time is important, and many mechanics don’t do it halfway.
Instead of buying parts from a mechanic, buy them yourself and take them to a shop for installation. Not all stores will be compliant, according to Spend On Auto, but if they do, that manual braking could save you a ton of money. You may lose your warranty on parts, but the store can cover their workmanship.
In addition, if you have the necessary skills and tools, you can replace the brake pads and discs yourself. You will need a jack, a wrench, various pliers and screwdrivers, and spacers and rotors of the right size for your car. Several online sites, including Instructables, provide easy step-by-step instructions.
Whatever you do, do not delay the necessary braking work. At a minimum, you can damage the braking system. At worst, you put yourself and your passengers at risk.
Post time: Sep-03-2022