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Offline alex9078

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brake pads
« on: June 19, 2018, 09:59:28 pm »
I have a 2006 Concourse. I just took it in for an oil change and was told I need brake pads, front and back. How long does this usually take? The shop rate is $110 per hour here in Bethel Ct

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Re: brake pads
« Reply #1 on: June 19, 2018, 10:15:50 pm »
half hour to remove calipers and old pads, clean calipers well, install pads and calipers..

but, if you are having that done, you might as well add in time to completely flush the system with new, fresh, fluids... and also the rears... because likely this has never been done...

so, with that all added in... one hour and 15 minutes... and add in the shop rags, disposal of waste fluids, and pads... at their prices.

How much did they charge you to change your Oil???? and filter?

that's probably why they said you needed pads, so they can 'pad' the profits... ;)

in other words, they said 'we had you when you asked for an oil change'
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Re: brake pads
« Reply #2 on: June 19, 2018, 10:31:54 pm »
I would've guessed about an hour, but I work slow...  :(

What they find when they get in there will be THE big factor.  Lots can 'go bad' in 12 years.  Just sayin'.

Like MOB said, having a shop you can trust is where the most money is saved.
I don't have that luxury round heeya, so I get to do it all! (but I don't get gouged!)  :great:

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Re: brake pads
« Reply #3 on: June 20, 2018, 12:09:35 pm »
Thanks for the info

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Re: brake pads
« Reply #4 on: June 20, 2018, 03:34:24 pm »
It's pretty easy to look at your brake pads. If there's more than a few millimeters of lining left and the rotors look in good shape they're probably OK for a while, less than that and they're ready to be replaced.

I wouldn't be surprised if the shop used a flat charge for labor based on "book time" for something routine like a brake job - so it doesn't matter how long the tech actually takes, you'll get charged for the standard labor time for the job. Probably the same if you decide to add in a fluid flush & replacement. If you're concerned you can probably ask a couple of local shops for their labor charges for those jobs and see if you're being offered the going rate.