Brake Repair and Estimate Brake Repair Costs

Keeping your brakes in good condition is critical to ensure your safety on the road. You can examine the thickness of the pad material or check the brake pad wear indicator to verify brake pad wear. Worn brake pads may lead to decreased braking performance, squealing and grinding noises, eventual brake failure. A pulsing or vibrating brake pedal may also indicate worn brake pads. It's safer to replace all four pads together, even though it may seem more cost-effective to only replace the worn ones. Brakes are your number one safety feature! Regular brake maintenance is crucial for both the performance and safety of your vehicle.


What does it cost for new brakes for my car or truck? REDI Mobile Auto Repair is usually about 30% less than the average of many shops. REDI averages about $285 for a full front or back brake job on average domestic cars where an average auto shops can charge about $450 per axle (or $900 total for all 4 brake pad sets, rotors and the labor). If new calipers or brake lines are needed that is always extra and that cost really depends on the vehicle. Calipers are typically the most difficult and expensive part of the braking system. A single caliper average cost is up to $150 each by themselves (completely depends on the car).


Your brake system is the most important safety parts of your car. You depend on them every time you drive. When you push on the brake pedal, the master cylinder pushes brake fluid through the brake lines that make the brake shoes and brake pads push against the brake drums and brake rotors (or discs), and create friction which can stop the vehicle. That friction causes brake shoes and brake pads to wear. Even fluid and brake line wear. When the wear gets to a certain point then replacement of the shoes and pads becomes necessary and/or maintenance on other brake parts including the brake fluid, master cylinder and fluid lines.



Want an estimate on what a brake job or other repair might cost for your car or truck?


Your vehicle and you will determine how often you need new brakes and the cost.


1. Your driving conditions matter…

For instance, driving in cities with stop-and-go traffic or on mountains, where drivers must apply the brakes more frequently to regulate downhill speeds, might reduce the lifespan of your braking system.


2. The components and supplies used matters…

Different materials are used to make brake pads, rotors, and calipers, which might have an impact on durability. For instance: "Severe duty" brake pads made with a high carbon content and they are more expensive. Although more expensive than brake pads made of normal semi-metallic material, "heavy duty" brake pads with a high carbon content may last longer. Ceramic brake pads often offer quieter braking and less dusting but they may not have the same long-term braking performance as a semi-metallic pad. Replacement brakes should always meet or exceed manufacturer's recommendations for your car.


3. Maintenance Is Vital on a Regular Basis

Focusing on preventive maintenance may result in you asking "what is the cost of brake repair" less frequently.


You can use the following guidelines as a guide:

Quality brake pads should last between 30,000 and 70,000 miles, according to several auto manufacturers and mechanics.


Regular brake fluid replacements can prolong caliper life. For more advice on how frequently your vehicle's brake fluid has to be replaced, consult your owner's handbook. Speak with the knowledgeable professionals if you can't find your manual or if it doesn't contain a suggestion.


Deconstructing Brake Rotor Upkeep...

Almost every time brake pads are replaced, rotors should either be machined or replaced. Replacement may be a better option if the cost of new rotors is comparable to the cost of grinding your current ones because installing new brake pads on an outdated rotor surface may reduce stopping power.


A Fair Price

Redi Auto can usually provide complete brake systems for 30% less cost than the average auto repair shop depending on what type of domestic made car or truck you have and if you need both front and back or just the front or just the back brakes*


Sometime additional work is needed if the master cylinder or brake lines are leaking etc. Your brake system includes the following parts that may or may not all need replacing: Rotors and/or or discs, calipers, pads, drums, shoes, wheel cylinders, hoses, lines, master cylinder, brake booster, a combination valve and hardware.


*Prices will vary greatly and may be less or more. Replacements for European-built vehicles (BMW, Mercedes, Audi, Jaguar, etc.) are likely to cost more than parts and repairs of domestic vehicles estimated (like Chevrolet, Ford or Chrysler etc).


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