My car was taken to a garage for an unrelated problem. The garage said
my brakes were worn and needed replacing. They charged me £30 for the
parts and £55 for labour (excluding VAT).
The guy seemed shifty - he said if I paid with cash I wouldn't need to
Are these brakes worn and were his charges reasonable? I estimate the
thickness of the abrasive portion of the parts to be 5mm thick.
Sorry for my ignorance on the subject, I'm a medical student!
Depends. They will certainly be sub par on an long highs speed brake.
They are not worn OUT, but they are worn. Marginal call. If you are a
once a year service person, and do more than 8000 miles a year, then
replacing them is a good idea. If ypu do less than 5000, they almost
definitely wont be worn *to the point of damaging the discs* in a year.
Although they will be definitely likely to get a bit hot and lose
If it were my car, Id do it, if it was the parents car doing 3000 a year
on a tight budget, I wouldn't.
They are worn, but not worn out. Doing my own servicing I would have a
set in readiness to go on and be keeping a close eye on them. If some
else does your servicing they would be correct to suggest fitting new,
rather than letting them run.
They look like they've got plenty of life left.
Â£30 for parts? What car?
Â£55 to change 'em? Depends where you are. In the SE, that's towards the
lower end of average for an hour's labour - which is not unreasonable.
For a little back-street place in the frozen wastelands ooop north, it
Yes, it's always worth checking with a mirror to see if the pads are wearing
evenly. The calliper bushes can be cleaned and greased with a dab of copper
grease occasionally to make sure they are less likely to favour one side.
TBH replacing pads and disks is such a simple job that it's aggravating
to see what garages charge. Charging 1.5 hours to replace pads is a
rip-off. That's too long even if the job was to replace both front and
rear pads. It takes about 30 - 45 minutes to change every single pad on
the cars that I own, and I'm fussy anout cleaning everything in sight
while I do it. It is the sort of job that anyone with reasonable DIY
knowledge could do. With 90 minutes to spare I actually changed all four
calipers and pads on one of my cars. After all, all it needs is to
undo/redo a total of eight to 12 bolts (depending on the vehicle) and a
willingness to get one's hands slightly mucky. I've changed everything
in that area of the vehicle (bearings, disks, pads, change of brake
fluid) in an afternoon taking lots of time off for tea and pondering.
After all I'm not in a hurry and not getting paid.
On accasions when the job has needed doing and I have been too busy to
do it mself I've been charged up to £600 + VAT by a main dealer for
replacement of two disks and pads. If I buy all four disks, calipers and
pads from a motor factors, using original parts, I can expect to pay
£260 for the parts. The price of the calipers includes the brake pads.
The main dealer marks these prices up to three times the parts cost and
then charges almost as much again to fit them.
I could replace my car for £600:-)
But even a non mechanic like me can swap a set of front pads in the street
in less than 1 hour using a trolley jack and a few basic tools. On a ramp
with air tools it is even easier.
I actually got the local garage to change the pads last time as it was in
for an MOT and it was minus 3 outside in the daytime. I supplied the pads
and they charged me half an hours labour. Well worth the money in those
temperatures. It was not much warmer in their garage.
How much do you think the tools cost to do the job? How much the council
taxes for the premises? Staff bill? Public Insurance liability?
Electricity? Being blamed for the exhaust pipe falling off after
changing the spark plugs?
If being a mechanic is so easy you try having a go at it.
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