Just wondering if someone could help me out to determine if I'm
getting ripped off. I had squeaking brakes upon application, so I
brought it into Ford Fast Lane for service. They told me that the
rear rotors needed to be replaced, and front one machined. Also, they
did a four wheel brake service (clean and lube, I guess). But then
they called back to say that they found the left front caliper was
leaking. It sure wasn't leaking when I was driving it....
I also had the serpentine belt replaced. So the total quoted for the
4 wheel brake service incl front rotor machining.
2 rear rotors replaced
Left front caliper replaced
serpentine belt replaced
======================$700 plus tax (Canadian)
Is this ridiculous, or something reasonable?
thats about what a ford dealer would charge you for that....
about $450 US for the brake job and about $150 for the belt and that
gives you $600 and dont forget the brake caliper... they dont give them
The part that sounds fishy is the caliper leaking. I have done
my own brake jobs for years, and I have never found a
caliper that needed replacing.
It seems that this is a frequent item found to be "bad"
during brake jobs at nearly any repair shop.
A LEAKING CALIPER..? thought I had heard it all. $700 Can. would have been
fair if the caliper really needed to be replaced. But, a leaking caliper...!
See Major , that is why I avoid Dealers. They can never be fair for more
than 30 minutes.
I would agree that some places use the shotgun approach to brake repairs or
the old "when in doubt throw it out" method. But the fact that you have
never seen a leaking caliper just means you haven't done many brake jobs.
The fact is that the only people who really know what was needed in this
repair are the ones who performed it. If the original poster didn't trust
them for some reason he should have told them to button it up and taken it
Don't know if there's much of a difference in costs because of the cars
I just had the brakes done on my 99 Taurus at 50k miles. New pads, recut
rotors for the front & brake cylinders for the rears $250. I was also
quoted about $60 for a new serpentine belt installed.
BTW a free oil change was included with the brake job.
This was done at a local shop not at the dealer.
Are you some kind of Dealer guy, mechanic, Rep..? Not everyone is as
knowledgeable as us grease monkeys are, but that is no reason to cheat those
guys, or gals. If you know of a dealer that is at least 95% honest at all
times, post his info. here.
I just did the wife's 97 bird.I myself found a rear "leaky" caliper and what a
surprise that was cost wise.At Lordco the core charge alone was $97.00 cdn the
cost of the caliper
alone with discount was just over $150.00.
Because it is a "sport" model the front pads $60.00 and the rear $105.00 all
cdn $.The rotors should of been turned on the front ,another story the end job
with no labour $ $ $'s
I here the stories of other folk being held at bay by the brake job stores
$1000.00 + and now I understand,cost of high tech parts = BIG DOLLARS.Phone the
parts store and get the
cost's then do the math.
Steve Shorlin wrote:
Why not rebuild the caliper? Or was it not rebuildable? I've rebuilt a wheel
cylinder before. Admittedly I didn't save much as a new cylinder is only
about $20, but nonetheless, it's that much more in my pocket.
what a surprise that was cost wise.At Lordco the core charge alone was
$97.00 cdn the cost of the caliper
all cdn $.The rotors should of been turned on the front ,another story the
end job with no labour $ $ $'s
stores $1000.00 + and now I understand,cost of high tech parts = BIG
DOLLARS.Phone the parts store and get the
1) If caliper was leaking, wonder why you weren't having drivability
problems, i.e. put on brakes and it should pull to one side, if brake
fluid was getting on rotor it would affect braking power. Most places here
in US are required to show you the "bad" parts, or at least offer them to
2) A rotor should not need turning unless: there are grooves that are
wide enough to place a dime's edge into , and then if only deep enough to
touch Roosevelt's head, or if it is warped so badly it can't be
turned.(Same rule applies to drums)
I've got a 93" Vic replaced factory pads at 80K miles, rotors were still
good. And I know pads had not been replaced 'cause my brother bought this
car new and said he'd never replaced pads or rotors!
My two cents...
Steve Shorlin wrote:
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