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I need some new brakes. How much would I expect to pay at the dealer. I don't have any local mechanics I trust (Been screwed too many times) I can hear the brake pad warning sound and I want to just get it over with. I tried just taking the bolts off and there was no budging them, so that rules me doing it out. Any idea what I should expect and what kind of pads I might get? I guess I'll go with all 4 pads.
 

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We charge $129 for pad replacement $189 if the rotors need to be resurfaced. Any more than that is WAY too much.
 

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Did my own on the front a few weeks ago. $30 for pads and $20 to turn rotors. $50 total. And I've only been a DIYer for about one year.
 

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I've heard about rotating the tires, but rotors? After how many miles/kms should I turn around the rotors?

Can you tell I'm a newbie? I just got new rotors 4000 kms ago. :D
 

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I turn my rotors only when they are wearing uneven or gauged, other wise your going to need new rotors when they get turned to many times.
 

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xtcrush said:
I've heard about rotating the tires, but rotors? After how many miles/kms should I turn around the rotors?

Can you tell I'm a newbie? I just got new rotors 4000 kms ago.
No, you don't really rotate the rotors. What he's referring to is turning or resurfacing the rotors. After extended use, the rotors will wear unevenly causing the contact surface of the rotor to no longer be perfectly flat. By resurfacing them, you even out the rotor surfaces. Some recommend doing this each time you change your pads.
 

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If you get the brakes replaced in time, you should not "have" to turn them - a lot of modern rotors are not turnable anyway (perhaps there is a metalurgist around who can explain that to me). Sometimes, I hit them with a disc sander VERY LIGHTLY to get any ridges which may be represent. Make sure to measure them and check they are not below specs on thickness. And if they are close, JC Whitney has stock rotors for $25/per - very easy job to change them and I think NOPI had them for $21 per but they were on back order when I needed them. NOTE: those are stock replacements, nothing fancy.
 
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