How much would it be to get brakes and rotors done?
I have looked up information and i have come to the conclusion that i cannot remove rotors myself. yes there are those of you out there that will say that it is easy, but i'm not mechanically inclined and don't want to screw anything up. i'd rather have someone else do it. i don't know any mechanics, i don't have any mechanic friends, my friends don't have any mechanics they know. and yes i know it will be an arm and a leg but i just want to know. i only need the front done, as they are grinding incredibly bad. please don't be rude, i'm only asking a question.
i have a 92 ford ranger, and the front brakes are disc.
Asked By: foreverknightisforever - 6/26/2006
I am not a mechanic but I have done enough that I can help you, this answer may be lengthy, but it is worth you knowing so that you dont get screwed over , alot of shops will take advantage of you being a woman because they think you have a lack of knowledge. Prices range around the $90 to $140 per axle depending on you vehicle, ( which you say you have a Ford Ranger, disc brakes (rotors) on front) First, if you are grinding, your pads or shoes are shot and you have metal to metal contact that will definitely destroy your drums / rotors and needs immediate attention. if you dont want to tackle this yourself being you dont have the experience, the best thing to do is price around who will do a GOOD brake job if you dont have a friend or family member who can do this for you. Todays cars have brake pads or shoes that need to be replaced with the factory recommended replacements, please please do not use a cheaper grade brake pad or shoe. second, the drums / rotors will need to be inspected, and if they are at their minimum wear limits, they MUST be replaced........if they are ok , they will have to be "turned" meaning that they are resurfaced and straightened to where they will turn true, and with rotors, their biggest problem is warpage, if they are not warped too bad, the warpage will be removed as it gets resurfaced. the purpose of that is to "seat" the new pads / shoes so they will work effectively. Most repair shops has this machine to do this. If anyone tells you that you do not need to "turn" the drums / rotors, then you don't need to take any futher advice from them because they are trying to do a "cheap" brake job, much less do it right. third, along with all this, all of the hardware associated with your brakes are inspected and replaced if necessary. (remember, brakes generate a tremendous amount of heat very quickly, and over time the repeated heating and cooling has its effect on brakes and its components, the pads, shoes, drums / rotors take the most punishment of the heat) and if wheel bearings are involved, they will check, inspect and replace them if necessary, and repack them in new grease. (note, not all cars now have wheel bearings in the drums / rotors, they will just slide off the axle) Very Important!!!..... when they put the wheels back on the rotor type brakes. watch them very closely when they torque the wheel lugs, be sure they finger tighten ALL wheel lugs before putting a impact wrench on them. rotors get warped from this before it even leaves the shop. Remember, these are your brakes, you depend on them every time you drive and should not be taken forgranted. It could very well be a costly repair, but think about the dependability you get from them if you have to slam them to keep from hitting somebody that pulls out in front of you.
Answered By: bobby - 7/9/2006