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Old 06 Sep 2008, 10:55 am
JayN
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Default Cost of a break job?

I recently had a break job done. I was charged around $475 for a
front & rear break job, but no new parts were installed. They
"machined the existing warped and rusted rotors" and "cleaned the
existing break pads".

Does that seem like a reasonable price for a job that doesn't require
any new parts? Just looking for opinions.

Thanks,

J.
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Old 06 Sep 2008, 10:56 am
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Default Re: Cost of a break job?

To clarify: It is for an Acura 3.2 TL (2003).
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Old 06 Sep 2008, 11:19 am
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JayN wrote:
> I recently had a break job done. I was charged around $475 for a
> front & rear break job, but no new parts were installed. They
> "machined the existing warped and rusted rotors" and "cleaned the
> existing break pads".
>
> Does that seem like a reasonable price for a job that doesn't require
> any new parts? Just looking for opinions.
>
> Thanks,
>
> J.



what's a "break job"? did you break your brakes???

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Old 06 Sep 2008, 11:48 am
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Default Re: Cost of a break job?

Yes, I meant brakes!

This damed voice recognition software strikes again!

>
> what's a "break job"? *did you break your brakes???


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Old 06 Sep 2008, 12:10 pm
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JayN <JReality@hotmail.com> wrote in news:c06915a8-3dff-482c-82fe-
9dc9eb03adcd@f63g2000hsf.googlegroups.com:

> I recently had a break job done. I was charged around $475 for a
> front & rear break job, but no new parts were installed. They
> "machined the existing warped and rusted rotors" and "cleaned the
> existing break pads".
>
> Does that seem like a reasonable price for a job that doesn't require
> any new parts? Just looking for opinions.
>




It does, yes. They've probably charged you for four hours of labor (one per
wheel), which is reasonable when machining is involved.

And it's spelled "brake", not "break".



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Old 06 Sep 2008, 03:41 pm
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Default Re: Cost of a break job?

On Sat, 6 Sep 2008 08:55:29 -0700 (PDT), JayN <JReality@hotmail.com>
wrote:

>I recently had a break job done. I was charged around $475 for a
>front & rear break job, but no new parts were installed. They
>"machined the existing warped and rusted rotors" and "cleaned the
>existing break pads".
>
>Does that seem like a reasonable price for a job that doesn't require
>any new parts? Just looking for opinions.


Other people have answered your question, but I cannot understand why
they did not go ahead and replace the pads. They don't cost much and
it seems logical to throw some new ones on while the rotors or off
anyway.. This would add only a small amount of time to the overall
labor cost.



Elliot Richmond
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Old 06 Sep 2008, 03:47 pm
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Thanks.

> It does, yes. They've probably charged you for four hours of labor (one per
> wheel), which is reasonable when machining is involved.
>


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Old 06 Sep 2008, 03:48 pm
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Elliot Richmond wrote:
> On Sat, 6 Sep 2008 08:55:29 -0700 (PDT), JayN <JReality@hotmail.com>
> wrote:
>
>> I recently had a break job done. I was charged around $475 for a
>> front & rear break job, but no new parts were installed. They
>> "machined the existing warped and rusted rotors" and "cleaned the
>> existing break pads".
>>
>> Does that seem like a reasonable price for a job that doesn't require
>> any new parts? Just looking for opinions.

>
> Other people have answered your question, but I cannot understand why
> they did not go ahead and replace the pads. They don't cost much and
> it seems logical to throw some new ones on while the rotors or off
> anyway.. This would add only a small amount of time to the overall
> labor cost.



almost certainly because they were in great shape, but the op was
experiencing brake shuddering. fact is, most of the time, this is
solved with a little antiseize and a torque wrench, not skimming the
disks. disk skimming is a practice thrown at pretty much any
mis-diagnosed brake problem.

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Old 06 Sep 2008, 03:48 pm
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They said that because the car only has 19500 miles on it, the pads
weren't that worn.

> Other people have answered your question, but I cannot understand why
> they did not go ahead and replace the pads. They don't cost much and
> it seems logical to throw some new ones on while the rotors or off
> anyway.. This would add only a small amount of time to the overall
> labor cost.
>
> Elliot Richmond
> Itinerant astronomy teacher


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Old 06 Sep 2008, 06:01 pm
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JayN <JReality@hotmail.com> wrote in news:1089bb29-b6f6-4e07-baf2-
328f49ef3c40@73g2000hsx.googlegroups.com:

> They said that because the car only has 19500 miles on it, the pads
> weren't that worn.




That explains your rust. I'll bet your rotors weren't warped at all, but
instead had patchy glaze and rust, which causes exactly the same symptoms
as warped rotors. Machining is the only way to revive rotors with such
problems.

You need to get the old girl out for a good long highway drive at least
once a week. This will help scrape off the rotor rust, as well as having
other benefits. Cars are like people: they improve with exercise.


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