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Brake Pad Replacement Estimate for Saab 9-3

Saab 9-3 Brake Pad Replacement costs $151 on average.

CarServiceEstimateShop/Dealer Price
2011 Saab 9-3L4-2.0L TurboService typeBrake Pads - Front ReplacementEstimate$246.87Shop/Dealer Price$299.18 - $429.47
2007 Saab 9-3L4-2.0L TurboService typeBrake Pads - Rear ReplacementEstimate$193.41Shop/Dealer Price$232.30 - $322.45
2007 Saab 9-3V6-2.8L TurboService typeBrake Pads - Front ReplacementEstimate$221.47Shop/Dealer Price$267.43 - $378.67
2000 Saab 9-3L4-2.3L TurboService typeBrake Pads - Front ReplacementEstimate$198.41Shop/Dealer Price$236.64 - $326.29
2011 Saab 9-3L4-2.0L TurboService typeBrake Pads - Rear ReplacementEstimate$193.41Shop/Dealer Price$234.04 - $325.49
2003 Saab 9-3L4-2.0L TurboService typeBrake Pads - Front ReplacementEstimate$193.41Shop/Dealer Price$231.13 - $320.41
2001 Saab 9-3L4-2.0L TurboService typeBrake Pads - Front ReplacementEstimate$193.41Shop/Dealer Price$229.20 - $317.03
2001 Saab 9-3L4-2.0L TurboService typeBrake Pads - Rear ReplacementEstimate$253.47Shop/Dealer Price$301.11 - $413.62
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Brake Pad Replacement Service

What are brake pads and how do they work?

Brake pads consist of friction material that is bonded to a sturdy steel backing plate. When you push on the brake pedal, the friction material on the brake pads is forced against the inner and outer surfaces of the steel brake rotor under tremendous pressure. The resulting friction causes the wheels on your car to slow rapidly allowing for a quick, safe and controlled stop. After thousands of miles, this friction material eventually wears away, and the brake rotor wears away as well, requiring replacement.

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When to replace brake pads?

Here are several indications that you need new brake pads:

  • Wear indicator on vehicle dashboard. When the friction material on the brake pads is worn to within 2 mm of the pad backing plate, replacement of the pads is necessary. Most newer cars today have electronics built into the brake pad. When the pad is at a point that it needs to be replaced, a symbol will appear on your vehicle dashboard’s instrument cluster. Consult your owner’s manual to learn what the symbol looks like.
  • High pitched squeal when braking. When the friction material on the pads is worn close to the backing plate, you may hear a squealing or squeaking noise as you drive regardless of whether you are applying the brakes or not. That squealing or squeaking noise is designed to make you aware that the brake pads are getting low and need to be inspected. If all of the friction material on the brake pad has been worn away, you will hear grinding and scraping noises when you apply the brakes. Pad replacement is mandatory at this point and the vehicle is unsafe to drive until corrected.
  • Brake pedal pulsation or vehicle vibration. Over time, brake rotors may develop excessive thickness variation (>.001 inches), excessive runout on the wheel hub (> .002 inches), or the brake rotor may warp due to high operating temperatures. If these defects exist, you may notice pulsation in the brake pedal or steering wheel during braking. New pads and rotor resurfacing or replacement will be required if the rotor has any of the above-mentioned deficiencies.
  • Vehicle pulling or wandering on braking. If your car pulls to the right or left during braking, that could be a sign of a sticking brake caliper, misalignment of the suspension, and sometimes tire defects or uneven tire inflation from side-to-side. The mechanic who inspects your vehicle will determine if new brake pads alone will resolve the issue or if other repairs are needed.
  • High mileage on existing pads. Regardless of whether any of the above brake system symptoms occur, every 10,000 miles a mechanic should measure the thickness of the remaining friction material on the brake pads and perform a thorough visual inspection of the braking system.
  • Brake system warning lights and/or maintenance reminder messages. Should your brake system warning light ever illuminates, or a brake system related maintenance reminder message appears in the driver information display, have your vehicle inspected and repaired as soon as possible.

How do mechanics replace brake pads?

Normally, pad replacement requires these steps:

  • Confirm the thickness of the remaining friction material on the brake pads. If the remaining friction material is less than 2 mm in thickness, pad replacement is warranted.
  • Visually inspect the brake rotor surface that contacts the pad (for scoring, pitting, grooves, rust) and measure the brake rotor with precision tools for thickness variation, run-out and warpage.
  • Inspect the caliper, torque plate, pads, and rotors to determine if the caliper is operating freely (i.e., inspect for stuck calipers).
  • Install new pads and any additional recommended components (e.g., rotors, if rotors depart from OEM specifications) only with customer approval of course.
  • Lubricate brake system components, such as caliper sliding pins, and inspect the condition of the brake fluid. Top off brake fluid as required.
  • Perform a basic 50 point safety inspection of your vehicle.
  • Finally, the mechanic will test drive your vehicle to confirm normal operation of the brake system.

Is it safe to drive with a brake pad problem?

Driving a vehicle with a known deficiency in the braking system is unsafe and consequently is not recommended. Worn out brake pads can increase stopping distances and so for your safety, it is always advised that worn out brake pads be replaced promptly. Further driving is not recommended and you should request service at your earliest convenience if any of the following circumstances exist: stopping distances are much greater than what you are accustomed to; the brake pedal is not firm or is low; there is loss of braking power assist; the vehicle pulls severely to one side on braking; or the brake system warning light is on.

If you detect unusual noises, such as squealing or grinding, but stopping distances are close to what you are used to, and the brake pedal is firm, and there are no warning lights, it may be safe to proceed to your destination but schedule service at your earliest convenience. When it comes to the brakes on your vehicle, always err on the side of caution and have a mechanic check your brake pads and braking system at the first indication of a problem.

When replacing brake pads keep in mind:

Brake pads must always be replaced as a set, that is both wheels (driver and passenger side) on an axle, front or rear, must be serviced. If brake pads on only one side of the car were replaced, your car might pull to one side when you apply the brakes. Often, resurfacing or replacement of the brake rotors is necessary and a competent mechanic will always measure for wear and damage to the brake rotors and advise you as to whether rotor replacement or re-surfacing is needed.

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Ruben
34 years of experience
Saab 9-3 - Brake Pads Replacement (Rear) - Zephyrhills, Florida
Ruben was excellent top notch!! Ruben contacted me Friday to let me know he had the parts and was available to do the job on Sunday if I would like. This was much appreciated but I didn't have the car available until Monday for him. Received a text at 8:00 am indicating Ruben was en route to my house. He arrived 10 minutes early which was perfectly fine I appreciate punctuality. After a quick introduction and verification of service he got right to work. Ruben completed the work an test drove the vehicle an had me test drive as well. Everything was perfect and done within an hour an for a great price in comparison to shops that I had received estimates from. I will highly recommend Ruben and Your Mechanic to family and friends. I would like to note that Ruben drove 40 minutes to service my vehicle as this was not his normal work area. So glad that he did!

Allen

35 years of experience
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Allen
35 years of experience
Saab 9-3 - Brake Pads Replacement (Front) - Orlando, Florida
Another great job by Allen. Quality work and works in a timely fashion but still ensures the job is done right. This is important. You can trust Allen to do a good job for you and get straight honest answers. Plus there is no pressure. 5 stars all around.

Chad

15 years of experience
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Chad
15 years of experience
Saab 9-3 - Brake Pads Replacement (Front, Rear) - Hopewell, Virginia
Chad got here bright and early and accomodated my crazy scheduling problems. He communicated frequently, sharing with me what he found and letting me know his next steps. He devoted time and effort above the call of his service appointment to make sure my car was taken care of. Chad also provided me with follow up recommendations and estimates; because of the high quality of his service and his positive and professional attitude, I will be making any further appointments with him. I would absolutely recommend him.

Kenneth

19 years of experience
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Kenneth
19 years of experience
Saab 9-3 - Brake Pads Replacement (Front) - Redondo Beach, California
Kenneth is an absolute professional. He came, did the work, and educated me on what he did!

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