Forgot to mention cost. Watch out for places like Midas that advertise a low cost special for a basic brake job on the front or the back. They trick you because that is only for the brake pads and labor to put them on, typically around $29.99. Almost every car they work on "needs additional parts" otherwise they won't give you the lifetime warranty they advertise. When I worked at a very nice Chrysler dealership across the road, we got a lot of people coming in for a second opinion on needed brake work and we were always a lot less expensive. A basic brake job could run as high as $100.00 to $150.00 if new rotors were needed. Many of those people had estimates from Midas for over $600.00. That included front calipers and hoses, rear wheel cylinders, parking brake cables, just about everything except the pedal pad! Their mechanics are paid on commission so the more parts and services they sell, the more money they make. Regular independent repair shops will be the least expensive. You will likely have to buy two new front rotors because original ones are made very thin to save weight. There is a legal minimum thickness they can be machined to. Once they reach that limit, either from wear or an attempt to machine them, the mechanic is obligated to replace them. New rotors have come down a lot in price over the last ten years. Be aware too that many new rotors come from China. There is nothing wrong with the parts but anything made from cast iron has to be "aged" for 90 days before the final machining steps are performed. China produces, machines, and ships their parts right away, then they age on your car. That means they could warp and cause a pulsing brake pedal. That can happen to ANY brake rotor. All you need to know is any reputable shop will machine your new rotors months later at no charge to you to remove that warpage. Usually that only has to be done once. Due to the age of your car, you might be told you need new front rubber hoses too. If the mechanic takes you to the car and shows you the outer casing is cracked, usually near the metal fittings on the ends, that is the time to get them out of there. You could expect around, ... Oh, ... Maybe $30.00 per hose and about a half hour extra labor to replace each one.
Monday, March 14th, 2011 AT 7:43 PM