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#1 (permalink) Old 10-11-2005, 12:42 PM
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Fair price for complete brake job?

What is a decent price for brakes all the way around without replacing rotors? How much with rotors?
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aftermarket or factory?? including labor? or doing it yourself
little more specific would be easier

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Im going to have to have a shop do it. Aftermarket pads most likely.
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well i will tell u this...

i bought a brake kit online... with 4 rotors and 4 sets of pads for 350 shipped.. (cross drilled) and i put them in myself..

if u plan on having a shop do them.. they are prolly gunna charge u 100 bucks an hour.. for 2 hours worth of work...

so your looking at $200 labor..

pads, alone with prolly run 200 bucks... for front and back...

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Brakes are so incredibly easy, if you do them you will kick yourself in the ass after seeing what your mechanic charged you 200 to do.

If you dont have any tools its worth the money to invest in em with that 200 you would spend in labor, cause your going to have to do them again eventually.

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Are rotors equally as easy? Where did you buy your kit from? Is there a good FAQ on both the rotors and pads? Thanks for all your help! You may have saved me a ton of money!
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here ya go buddy, this is the kit i bought..
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/NEW-B...05582875QQrdZ1

(same guy and everything...)

here is a DIY...
http://www.pelicanparts.com/bmw/tech...Brake_Pads.htm

the rotors come of with a simple allen key..

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Yes the rotors come off with a simple allen key... but they need a little convensing with a hammer.... and some penetrating fluid...

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Brake jobs are a huge money maker for garages because of the labor. Do it yourself, get to know your car a little.

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$200? Where the fuck are you guys getting your work done? The Ferrari dealership?

Brake pads and rotors are really easy to do. For the pads you'll need a clamp to get off the inner pad. Rotors are equally easy.

Honestly guys, $200 for labor? My shop told me $45, but I still did it myself.


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Actually Cruzin is right on.
I take my car to Bavarian AUto, which is a BMW only shop. I wouldn't if I wasn't a mechanical pussy!
$98 for the front and $98 for the back.
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Firestone wanted $750 to change 4 rotors and two pads, I think I hurt the guy's feelings when I started laughing uncontrollably.

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Ok Im convinced Im going to take on the pads this weekend. What type of clamp do I need to get? Can I get decent pads from an Autoparts store?
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Ive never used a clamp to do pads.. but i guess you might need one for getting the caliper piston compressed enough, you definetly do not need a clamp to get the pads off.

Things you need:

Jack
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Metric sockets - i would probably want to have 10 to 20 mm sockets.
Socket wrench
Crescent wrench - or a full lineup of metric spanners
Sludge hammer - if your taking the rotors off
6 mm hex wrench - i think its 6 mm, just get one of the small sets that has like 6-12mm included
Penetrating lube

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