I brought my wife's car in to the local brake place to get them
checked. Car has 65,000 KM on it (canadian vehicle, or about 40K
miles?). They told me the front pads need replacing and the rear
drums. I do not know much about breaks, but the said the rear drum
and shoes would be very expensive because on this particular car it is
some sort of assembly. The quote was $650 us dollars. When I look
around, this seems unneccesary and overly expensive. Can someone
please let me know if I'm getting over charged for this repair?
Seems likely to me...
Unless the Canadian Focus is very different from the European ones, the rear
brakes are of a very basic design In fact, they look no different from Ford
Escort ones to me! Any half competent garage would be able to change the
shoes and drums in less than an hour. Your quoted price is perhaps twice
what a Ford dealer would charge in the UK.
I would also question if the rear brakes need doing at such a low milage. My
UK car is on 85,000 miles, the rear brakes are all original. The shoes are
going to need replacing soon, but have not yet reached the wear limit. The
drums still look perfect, although I will measure them when I eventually
replace the shoes.
Take it elsewhere would be my advice.
On Apr 2, 1:32 pm, email@example.com wrote:
Front brakes at that mileage I would Expect to be replaced. But 650
is outrageous. You can get a set of oem rotors and nice pads for
The rears...I highly doubt they need to be replaced. I autox and road
race my car on a regular basis and have 90k on my stock rear drums and
pads. I just replaced the rear wheel bearings last month and my pads
still had about a 1/3 of the wear left in them, drums looked fine
Before going somewhere else, pretend you're from a Canadian television
station investigating fraudulent garages, and explain you're actually a
qualified mechanic, who is aware of the trick they were trying to play. Also
tell them to expect to see themselves on tv soon, should prove interesting.
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