It depends on the type of car you drive and the auto repair shop you go to. Our mechanics are mobile, which means they don't have the overhead that repair shops have. They provide you convenience by coming to your home or office.
|Car||Labor Cost||Parts Cost||Dealer Price||YourMechanic||Savings|
|2006 Mercedes-Benz R500||$139.75||$144.67||$261.67 - $307.17||$206||27%|
|1996 Chevrolet K2500||$139.75||$53.24||$170.24 - $215.74||$147||24%|
|1999 Lexus ES300||$118.25||$67.54||$166.54 - $205.04||$145||22%|
|1999 BMW 328is||$107.50||$120.86||$210.86 - $245.86||$168||26%|
|2009 Mercedes-Benz S65||$193.50||$341.17||$503.17 - $566.17||$373||30%|
|1996 Saturn SW1||$107.50||$50.64||$140.64 - $175.64||$122||23%|
|2007 Hummer H3||$107.50||$145.92||$235.92 - $270.92||$182||28%|
|2008 Mazda CX-9||$139.75||$59.74||$176.74 - $222.24||$153||23%|
|2009 Lincoln MKX||$139.75||$72.74||$189.74 - $235.24||$165||22%|
|1995 BMW 740i||$107.50||$167.54||$257.54 - $292.54||$204||25%|
Depending on your car’s brake system, it may use between 4-8 brake pads. When you step on the brake pedal, the master cylinder sends fluid under pressure to the brake calipers (which hold the brake pads). The caliper presses the brake pad against the brake rotor, causing friction that slows down the car. During normal usage of the brakes, brake pads wear out and become thinner. If the thickness of brake pads is less than 3mm, it is time to change the pads. Depending on where you drive (city driving tends to wear pads out quicker) brake pads usually last between 30,000-35,000 miles. Some vehicles (eg. BMW’s) are equipped with a low-pad-warning system. In these vehicles, you will also need to replace the brake sensors as part of the brake pad service.
Brake pads are replaced in pairs. This means if you choose front brake pads, both front wheels should get new brake pads. The same situation applies for rear wheels.
Your mechanic should measure the thickness of brake pads every 12-15 months. Get your brake system inspected if the brake-warning light is on.
Regular maintenance and replacement of your brake pads is a very important safety measure. If you drive your vehicle with worn-down brake pads, braking distances increase, your risk damage to the brake rotors (which are more expensive than brake pads) and most importantly you put yourself and others at risk.
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