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How much does Brake Pad Replacement cost in Birmingham?

It depends on the type of car you drive and the auto repair shop you go to in Birmingham. Our mechanics in Birmingham 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 in Birmingham.

Brake Pad Replacement pricing for various cars

CarsEstimateParts CostLabor CostSavingsAverage Dealer Price
2016 Chevrolet Impala Limited$169$73.52$94.996%$181.02
2009 Kia Optima$169$73.52$94.996%$181.02
2009 Volvo S40$169$73.52$94.996%$181.02
2016 Mercedes-Benz G550$185$89.91$94.996%$197.41
2013 Acura ILX$169$73.52$94.996%$181.02
2008 Audi S4$174$78.53$94.996%$186.03

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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Paul

33 years of experience
134 reviews
Paul
33 years of experience
Paul was fair, punctual and thorough. Great experience.

Chet

41 years of experience
490 reviews
Chet
41 years of experience
Chet has great advice and was very knowledgeable. Would highly recommend.

Miguel

21 years of experience
232 reviews
Miguel
21 years of experience
This was my 1st time using your service. Miguel explained everything to me. He was courteous and polite. He did the work faster than I expected tested the car, I had brake pads done, and explained to me that I may hear some noise at 1st because they we new but not to worry. And if I had any concerns just let him know. I will definite;y us this service and Miguel again.

Eric

12 years of experience
230 reviews
Eric
12 years of experience
Great service , excellent job.

Robert

20 years of experience
1082 reviews
Robert
20 years of experience
Quick and good service

Joseph

20 years of experience
638 reviews
Joseph
20 years of experience
Outstanding!!! Joseph came yesterday, and I've already recommended him to several people. I was a little nervous about trying a mobile service with somebody sight-unseen it, but I sure didn't need to be. It turned out to be a great experience – thanks mainly to the excellent ethics, training, and expertise of this very personable service technician. He arrived right at the agreed time, and was exceptionally knowledgeable, friendly, and efficient. And the cost through MyMechanic turned out to be about 30% less than taking the car to a garage. And it was A LOT more convenient. Very impressive. It was a refreshing experience compared to the mediocre (sometimes dishonest) work that is so common today. I plan to take advantage of Joseph's skills, without hesitation. (And, yes, the new brakes on the Silver Bullet work great!) Thank you, Joseph!

Rigoberto

11 years of experience
739 reviews
Rigoberto
11 years of experience
Courteous, honest, efficient. Not much more to ask for in a mechanic

Nicholas

11 years of experience
583 reviews
Nicholas
11 years of experience
Nicholass was very helpful. Professional, courteous, and friendly.

Duy

13 years of experience
113 reviews
Duy
13 years of experience
Great overall service, let me know things to watch out for in future, and future services.

David

22 years of experience
67 reviews
David
22 years of experience

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