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just changed the pads and rotors on my 05 corolla a few weeks back. parts cost me $115. i say diy, but it'll likely cost at $150.

edit: i misread it the first time around. i thought you were replacing rotors, and turning drums. i still say diy, if you have the tools and a couple free hours. but i'm the cheapest bastard you'll ever meet.
 

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If you take it somewhere? They will most likely rip you off... I called about getting my front and rear pads/rotors replaced last fall LBS (B=brake this time) quoted like 800 bucks for parts and labor.. I purchased all new rotors and pads online for about 250 and me and a buddy did it ourselves. With teh goggles you should be able to find a DIY for this. I had disc brakes all around tho. I hear Drums are a little harder.

Also, if you want to get your rotors turned, you can drop em off at checker or auto zone and they will do it for cheap.

If you are not mechanically savvy be prepared to pay, unless you know "someone".
 

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the_dude said:
just changed the pads and rotors on my 05 corolla a few weeks back. parts cost me $115. i say diy, but it'll likely cost at $150.

edit: i misread it the first time around. i thought you were replacing rotors, and turning drums. i still say diy, if you have the tools and a couple free hours. but i'm the cheapest bastard you'll ever meet.
I'm assuming it's just turn rotors and drums.

I have the ability to do the work, but I don't have jack stands, so I'm a little leary of that aspect.
 

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Dude, pair of jackstands at autozone or harborfreight or something $10-20, and you'll have 'em forever.

innergel said:
I'm assuming it's just turn rotors and drums.

I have the ability to do the work, but I don't have jack stands, so I'm a little leary of that aspect.
 

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Not to mention you can easily do brakes one wheel at a time and just not use a jack stand. Toss the wheel/tire under the car so that if it falls or leaks down, the tire and rim will support the weight of the car. And don't put your face/body anywhere stupid when you're not using a jackstand.
 

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The last few times I've done brakes it wasn't much more expensive to just get new rotors. $15/pair for turning and IIRC $24 for new rotors for Auto Zone.
 

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I'd do it myself. Add in the cost of jackstands if you don't have them, and a C clamp. Brakes are very easy and I'd never have a shop do them.
 

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my fil and i did some brake jobs on The Wifes sunfire. didnt cost much, but i wasnt paying much attention.

The Wife just had the brakes on the vue done at the dealer. i tiold her to go to carx. $700 and three return trips later the brakes are still squealing every now and then.

fwiw, they really screwed up. they said we needed pads, rotors turned, and the drums cut. whatever. but a week later the front end was making a ruckes when we stopped. she took it back, they turned the rotors again. 3 blocks from the place the abs would kick in any time teh brakes were applied. The Wife called all pissed and was yelling at me. i told her to turn around and go back. she did, and they realized the lathe was busted. so we got new free rotors outta the deal. but they made her wait 3 hours while they tracked some down.
and, like i said before, they still squeak now and then.
 

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Yep.

Since nobody can see their brake pads, those "brake places" usually use bottom of the barrel pads -- they'll squeak sometimes, and the lifespan is often a lot shorter.

Ever see a brand-new car go 75,000 miles on a set of pads, then, when you replace 'em, the replacements last 25,000? That could be why.

"always" making a racket is a problem, but the occasional squak will happen...


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my fil and i did some brake jobs on The Wifes sunfire. didnt cost much, but i wasnt paying much attention.

The Wife just had the brakes on the vue done at the dealer. i tiold her to go to carx. $700 and three return trips later the brakes are still squealing every now and then.

fwiw, they really screwed up. they said we needed pads, rotors turned, and the drums cut. whatever. but a week later the front end was making a ruckes when we stopped. she took it back, they turned the rotors again. 3 blocks from the place the abs would kick in any time teh brakes were applied. The Wife called all pissed and was yelling at me. i told her to turn around and go back. she did, and they realized the lathe was busted. so we got new free rotors outta the deal. but they made her wait 3 hours while they tracked some down.
and, like i said before, they still squeak now and then.
 

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weltyed said:
my fil and i did some brake jobs on The Wifes sunfire. didnt cost much, but i wasnt paying much attention.

The Wife just had the brakes on the vue done at the dealer. i tiold her to go to carx. $700 and three return trips later the brakes are still squealing every now and then.

fwiw, they really screwed up. they said we needed pads, rotors turned, and the drums cut. whatever. but a week later the front end was making a ruckes when we stopped. she took it back, they turned the rotors again. 3 blocks from the place the abs would kick in any time teh brakes were applied. The Wife called all pissed and was yelling at me. i told her to turn around and go back. she did, and they realized the lathe was busted. so we got new free rotors outta the deal. but they made her wait 3 hours while they tracked some down.
and, like i said before, they still squeak now and then.

SO 700 dollars was paid, 3 return trips were involved, and it could have all been done in an hour in the driveway with caveman tools. Stories like this are why I hate taking my car anywhere and do everything myself.
 

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Brakes only slow you down anyway, just install a louder horn.
 

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New rotors for standard sizes do seem incredibly cheap now, but I just had my fronts done, & they just did a little polish on the edges so the new pads wouldn't catch.

I remember doing my front brakes on my old Golf--shade tree mechanic style in our parking spot in our townhouse complex.

My wife grew up in a non-DIY household--she was completely freaked out and wouldn't ride with me after I finished them until I demonstrated the hands off the wheel lock-up stop (dad's old way of testing :D) in front of her.

She has more confidence now nearly 20 years on...
 

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Most likely, it'll cost about 120 at Just Brakes. I did mine there on a '05 corolla (yeah, same year as posted above, but mine is a red S) There were some small parts that they replaced in addition. Lifetime warranty means that if I still own this vehicle when they wear out, it'll only cost like $30.
Less hassle than DIY, plus you can't sue yourself if you F it up...
 

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replacing shoes sucks ass, doing regular disk brakes is easy and fine, but I won't get anywhere near drums

I've got a box O parts for me to do the rear brakes on my car ($200 on parts vs $500-$600 at the Stealer), having a german car is fun
 

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innergel said:
Pads, shoes, turn rotors and drums.

Discuss.

Why would your fronts and backs wear out at the same time?
If you are lucky, your rotors will be able to be turned.
ABS?
Other fancy brake systems?
Calipers?

Minimum for having it done $175
Max $1500
 

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Buy good pads and grease seals. Repack bearings, replace seals and pads. Skip turning rotors or drums anymore as new ones are cheaper actually. And if you C-clamp the pistons back into calipers I highly advise bleeding the system. You don't want to push any debris back into the master cyl or ABS components. Brakes are an easy DIY job most of the time. (Former ASE Master Auto Tech until I wised up and no longer bust my knuckles...)
 

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innergel said:
Pads, shoes, turn rotors and drums.

Discuss.
should be $100 max if you do the work yourself. It's not tough.
 

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I looked at the front rotors last night and they look fine. No scoring at all on either side. I had some squealing coming from the front a while back so I assumed they were close to gone. They probably only need pads, so that's easy enough.

Now on the back, I can hear some griding on the drums. It's quite annoying. I'm more concerned with doing shoes and drums, but I think I could hack it. At minimum I'm gonna do the fronts myself.
 
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