1998 Saturn SL1

Tiny
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Brakes problem
1998 Saturn SL1 4 cyl Automatic 167.77 miles

I'm presently looking to buy a new car, but I've just been told that my " front brakes are worn- 5% left-, rotors are in poor shape, rear brakes need to be cleaned & adjusted & the brake fluid is dirty".

Do I have to spend the $600. To keep driving this car for the next month till I junk it, or would that be too unsafe ie. Do I have to bite the bullet & repair the brakes anyway?
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Sunday, May 16th, 2010 AT 12:18 PM

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Tiny
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600 thats alot if you do the front brakes yourself the pads are like 50 rotors for both of them are 40 plus tax. If your only going to keep it month then just change the front brake pads and rotors and clean and adjust the rear shoes. Replacing the front brakes are easy and way cheaper to do yourself even if you had to buy the tools to do it. Let me know if you have anymore questions.
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Monday, May 17th, 2010 AT 3:16 PM
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600 thats alot if you do the front brakes yourself the pads are like 50 rotors for both of them are 40 plus tax. If your only going to keep it month then just change the front brake pads and rotors and clean and adjust the rear shoes. Replacing the front brakes are easy and way cheaper to do yourself even if you had to buy the tools to do it. Let me know if you have anymore questions.[/Quote:91db04a137]

Thanks so much for answering!

Unfortunately doing that sort of stuff is so out of my league its embarrassing! I barely know how to fill up the oil & coolant myself-

So since I'm really not going to be able to do it myself, the question is just how bad is it to drive with brakes in this condition? Is the worst case scenario that they'll just start to grind & sound awful as they die & I'll have a chance to walk away alive, or do brakes in this shape just give out while you're going 120 on the highway? (In which case I better just spend the $600.)
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Monday, May 17th, 2010 AT 5:32 PM
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600 thats alot if you do the front brakes yourself the pads are like 50 rotors for both of them are 40 plus tax. If your only going to keep it month then just change the front brake pads and rotors and clean and adjust the rear shoes. Replacing the front brakes are easy and way cheaper to do yourself even if you had to buy the tools to do it. Let me know if you have anymore questions.[/Quote:1a59adea98]

Thanks so much for answering!

Unfortunately doing that sort of stuff is so out of my league its embarrassing! I barely know how to fill up the oil & coolant myself-

So since I'm really not going to be able to do it myself, the question is just how bad is it to drive with brakes in this condition? Is the worst case scenario that they'll just start to grind & sound awful as they die & I'll have a chance to walk away alive, or do brakes in this shape just give out while you're going 120 on the highway? (In which case I better just spend the $600.)[/Quote:1a59adea98]
If your saturn goes 120mph you have a racing one lol.I would get the brakes fixed you never want to drive around knowling with worn out brakes. Shop around though iam sure you can do better then 600. Like I told you for the front brakes and rotors you could go to the auto parts store and get the brakes and rotors for under 100. So 500 more to put the brakes and rotors on clean and adjust your rear brakes and flush your brake fluid is crazy. The labor for the front brakes is like 1.5 hrs times 80-100 depending on shop rate. You should do this go online to all your local parts stores and shop around for the best price on the brakes and rotors go buy them and have someone put them on. Also just have them clean and adjust your rear brakes it shouldnt cost anywhere near another 500. Let me know how it goes.
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Monday, May 17th, 2010 AT 5:55 PM
Tiny
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Clearly I have to find new friends who know how to do this sort of stuff!
The car guys I know sure like cars & they know what a rotor is, but not how to do anything with it.

(I've really got to find a basic course for females about how to do stuff on your car!)
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Tuesday, May 18th, 2010 AT 8:49 AM
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http://www.2carpros.com/car_repair_video/how_to_change_brake_pads_rotors.htm
http://www.2carpros.com/how_to/rear_brake_shoes.htm
http://www.2carpros.com/how_does_it_work/brake_pads.htm
Class is in session lol the first link is a video showing you how to change front brake pads and rotors and its even on a saturn like yours same set up.The second link is how to replace rear brake shows but if you read down it tells you how adjust them and its on a saturn like yours.To clean up your rear brake shoes you would just go to the auto parts store ask them for some sand paper for sanding the rear shoes and some brake cleaner to spray them off when your done sanding them then adjust them.Last link is how brake pads work.Your wish came true enjoy.
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Tuesday, May 18th, 2010 AT 1:09 PM
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Thanks so much for these videos! I actually watched them & I must say, that was really sweet of you to think there was a chance in h-- I could actually hoist my car up sufficiently to get the tires off without ending up killing myself!

They were quite inspiring & did rekindle my dream of taking some sort of course about cars, but I think car guys who can do this sort of stuff dont appreciate how much skill actually goes into it. As a totally green onlooker, I very much do appreciate that!

However although I was too much of a wimp to try to try any car stuff on my own, the good news is panicking about the brakes did push me to buy a car that I pick up on tues.

So thanks again for all your support & help with this!

600 thats alot if you do the front brakes yourself the pads are like 50 rotors for both of them are 40 plus tax. If your only going to keep it month then just change the front brake pads and rotors and clean and adjust the rear shoes. Replacing the front brakes are easy and way cheaper to do yourself even if you had to buy the tools to do it. Let me know if you have anymore questions.[/Quote:bf36748d08]

Thanks so much for answering!

Unfortunately doing that sort of stuff is so out of my league its embarrassing! I barely know how to fill up the oil & coolant myself-

So since I'm really not going to be able to do it myself, the question is just how bad is it to drive with brakes in this condition? Is the worst case scenario that they'll just start to grind & sound awful as they die & I'll have a chance to walk away alive, or do brakes in this shape just give out while you're going 120 on the highway? (In which case I better just spend the $600.)[/Quote:bf36748d08]
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Thursday, May 20th, 2010 AT 9:09 PM
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600 thats alot if you do the front brakes yourself the pads are like 50 rotors for both of them are 40 plus tax. If your only going to keep it month then just change the front brake pads and rotors and clean and adjust the rear shoes. Replacing the front brakes are easy and way cheaper to do yourself even if you had to buy the tools to do it. Let me know if you have anymore questions.[/Quote:37763925f5]

Thanks so much for answering!

Unfortunately doing that sort of stuff is so out of my league its embarrassing! I barely know how to fill up the oil & coolant myself-

So since I'm really not going to be able to do it myself, the question is just how bad is it to drive with brakes in this condition? Is the worst case scenario that they'll just start to grind & sound awful as they die & I'll have a chance to walk away alive, or do brakes in this shape just give out while you're going 120 on the highway? (In which case I better just spend the $600.)[/Quote:37763925f5][/quote:37763925f5]
I try to give everyone the benifit of the doubt man or women sometimes the women really suprise me on what they can do. Just so you know were here for you if you change your mind and get brave enough to tackle some stuff on your own. Even if you just have some questions about something also congrats on the car.
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Thursday, May 20th, 2010 AT 9:20 PM

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