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Cost of Brake Work

Old 04-25-2008, 05:15 PM
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Replacing lines with stainless, pads on all 4 corners, and flush of the DOT3 to replace with high temperature synthetic.

Shop quoting me 5 1/2 hours labor and $503 (sans tax - I'm bringing all the parts).

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Old 04-25-2008, 06:10 PM
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That price seems a little bit high. I'm not sure what a shop would normally charge for brake work because I usually do it myself. Disc brakes are pretty simple. Try doing the work yourself, it isn't too hard of a job. For the rear brakes you will need a tool to compress the piston in the caliper. The piston needs to be twisted in to fit the new pads in place. For the front calipers you can just use a C-clamp to compress the pistons. While you have your brakes taken apart you should consider painting them. Its an easy job and is a nice subtle appearance mod. I painted my brakes silver and it made them look much cleaner without being too flashy. I just used two coats of duplicolor high temperature paint and they still look good after 9,000 miles.
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Old 04-25-2008, 08:56 PM
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Thanks man.

My understanding is that you have to have some specialized equipment to drain the ABS valving of all the DOT3 before you can put the DOT4 in?
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Old 04-25-2008, 09:12 PM
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If you replace the lines make sure you bleed the air out of the lines!
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Old 04-25-2008, 10:33 PM
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All they are going to do is bleed the brakes until the fluid gets low, then add the DOT4. Yes, you need a special tool to bleed the ABS valve, this is why most people just bleed the brakes and add fluid. Just dont let it completely run dry. It does not take 5 1/2 hours to do a complete brake job, 3 max with everything you want done. That is including turning the rotors.
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Old 04-26-2008, 02:52 PM
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I've seen several write-ups on brake bleeding, for the most part they don't worry about the fluid stuck in the ABS system. I saw one that said to basically do it twice - bleed them, go drive with some hard, ABS inducing stops, then do it again, this will get rid of virtually all of the old fluid.
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