I took my car for brake service for my 98 Isuzu Rodeo 2WD. I asked about
for the front wheel with disc brake. The mechanic told me since it is a 2WD.
It requires to take out the bearing to re-surface the rotor. He said it is a
must to re-surface the rotor, otherwise the new pad won't fit with the rotor
and cause vibration. Then the price from orginailly quoted $120 becomes
$240. Get double. I won't it everthing he said is correct. Wonder how much
it will cost to do the re-surface for the rotor and replace pad in the
fremont california area? Besides, it is a must to re-surface the rotor for
new brake pad. If not, how much should it be? He said he won't warranty if I
don't re-surface to rotor. Is it true it is a must? He makes me
uncomfortable with the their service, but nothing else I can do except
asking for expert comment.
Most brake shops will want to resurface the rotors whether they need it
or not. A reputable brake shop, not one of these low ball chain places,
will only turn the rotors if they actually need it. If they are not
warped and don't have any deep gouges then they may not need it. If
they are warped or have gouges then resurfacing will prevent pulsation
or bad noise when braking. The downside to this is that each time they
are resurfaced more metal is taken causing them to now be thinner
reducing their ability to disappate heat.
$240 for just the front seems very steep. A normal brake service
includes repacking the bearing so no idea why the shop wants to add for
that. Look for something under $200 that includes new pads, resurface
rotors if needed, repack bearing and bleed brake system.
I agree completely. $240 for front only amounts to theft in my opinion.
Let's see, $100 for brand new rotors or $15 to have mine turned at O'Reilly,
$40 for "premium" brake pads at Pep Boys or many other places and a couple
of hours - at most - and I could have new brakes. I am by no means a great
mechanic but no way in hell do they get $240 from me. There is no better way
to get to know your vehicle than doing the work yourself. If you can't do
it, find a friend who can and watch. These are not super advanced vehicles
and you'll be amazed at what can be done by the owner. If you think that
these are tough, try dealing with a modern VW!
99 V6 Amigo
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