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Old 08-05-2011, 09:29 AM   #1
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Default Labor cost to install new rotors and pads?

I'm not mechanically inclined, so I used my local shop to remove the old rotors and pads from my Z and install new that I sourced and supplied. My Z has factory Brembos and the removal and installation went fine with no problems. What would you expect to pay for this labor at a shop (not a dealership)? Just curious.

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Old 08-05-2011, 09:38 AM   #2
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these brakes are super easy to do, and you couldve saved the money to buy a cool upgrade for the Z, id personally start learning how to do simple things like that if i were u, im not sure how much they charge there in ohio, in sc theyd prob still charge you a couple hrs of labor. prob a couple hundred here, good luck
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Old 08-05-2011, 09:41 AM   #3
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these brakes are super easy to do, and you couldve saved the money to buy a cool upgrade for the Z, id personally start learning how to do simple things like that if i were u, im not sure how much they charge there in ohio, in sc theyd prob still charge you a couple hrs of labor. prob a couple hundred here, good luck
I understand brakes are easy to do. But I'd rather let people who know what they're doing handle the repairs and maintenance that could mean life or death. I'm just looking for numbers. These guys also do plenty of work for me gratis or very cheap, so I'm happy to give them this business.
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$300 labor probably to swap rotors, pads, and bleed / replace fluid.
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$300 labor probably to swap rotors, pads, and bleed / replace fluid.
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Old 08-05-2011, 10:15 AM   #6
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My shop charged me no more than $200 for new OEM pad installation and rotor resurfacing ($15 per rotor). So if you're just installing new rotor, it should be cheaper. They replaced my fluids too (brought in my own)
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Old 08-05-2011, 10:24 AM   #7
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my shop wanted 200 bucks, but I did it myself in 1 hour..
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My shop charged me no more than $200 for new OEM pad installation and rotor resurfacing ($15 per rotor). So if you're just installing new rotor, it should be cheaper. They replaced my fluids too (brought in my own)

Thanks. New, non OEM, rotors and pads all around on a Brembo system.
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good lord. i think i paid IMR like 135 to do mine.
I feel much cooler about myself now.

btw, SUUUUPER easy to do, well aside frm the bleeding part.. i despise bleeding things. Dunno. Just do.

But i cant get a jack under my car anymore, so i pay Tyler to do it now.
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Old 08-05-2011, 11:20 AM   #10
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good lord. i think i paid IMR like 135 to do mine.
I feel much cooler about myself now.

btw, SUUUUPER easy to do, well aside frm the bleeding part.. i despise bleeding things. Dunno. Just do.

But i cant get a jack under my car anymore, so i pay Tyler to do it now.
$135 for both axles??? Wow.
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I would say $200-300 for rotor&pad installation and brake fluid replacement+bleeding.

After struggling through a rotor swap on my DD using only hand tools (no impact wrench), if I had all the tools that a garage has I bet I could swap all rotors and pads in about 1-1/4 hours. Then I'm estimating an additional hour or so for the fluid business.
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yep, 1135 for the whole deal.
Car was in for a clutch n fly tho, pays to add on stuff while its there etc.

I appear to spend about 20 grand a year there tho.. so the "deal" on this labor is negligible.
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Don't get excited OP, bmc provides "special services" so he gets a discount.

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I understand brakes are easy to do. But I'd rather let people who know what they're doing handle the repairs and maintenance that could mean life or death. I'm just looking for numbers. These guys also do plenty of work for me gratis or very cheap, so I'm happy to give them this business.
Well, if you learn to do certain things, you would soon find out that you would do things better than those who "supposedly" know what they are doing.
It comes down to interest though, not just the money saving. You sound like you need to break the "life and death" phobia. Been there. Time back I would not even change a flat tire. "Too risky". I thought
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it really isn't hard at all to do. mechanically inclined or otherwise. I wouldn't pay to have it done for any of my cars
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Might sound odd but the first time I did any sort of brake work, it was a complete
swap of calipers, rotors, pads, lines and bleed. So far I am "life" not "death" Lol.
This forum has extremely usefull info.

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Old 08-05-2011, 01:02 PM   #17
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DIY

Research the tools and set aside a day and save. On a serious note it
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The work has been done? And I am guessing the bill?
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yea, def a piece of cake after doing my dodge dually brakes
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DIY for free99.
Mechanically inclined like myself, there are many guides out there for our car.
Don't be scared! Get your hands dirty. It feels more satisfying doing it yourself.
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