Brakes are the most common repair on today's vehicle. I don't have to explain how important they are, but if you've been without them, well, you know.
There are quite a few shops that install brake pads for less than $100. We're not one of them. There is a big difference in installing pads, and performing a complete brake job.
The first step to a complete job involves the choice of brake pad. Some of the chain stores offer "lifetime warranty" brake pads. Please steer clear. The hardness of those pads will cause loss of brake performance as well as premature rotor wear. As braking involves friction, something is supposed to wear. but it's not supposed to be the rotor. At least not quickly. At Trucks and Moore, we use only premium brake pads designed to match the manufacturer's specifications. There are some cases where we recommend the original part. such as BMW's, Mercedes Benz, and premium performance vehicles.
Secondly, the proper removal and care to not damage calipers and hoses comes with experience. Cleaning and surface preparation of all components and claps take time, but ensure proper operation.
Third, we determine, based on rotor thickness or manufacturer's recommendations, whether machining or replacement is needed. If replacement is needed, we'll inform you of the cost along with the explanation as to why.
Next, a compound to eliminate vibration [squealing] is applied to the brake pads, the necessary clips are cleaned or replaced, the fluid is inspected for level and condition, and when completed, a thorough test drive to set the new pads is done. If the fluid is determined to necessitate changing, we'll use a specific machine to vacuum the system, utilize a drying agent to remove any moisture content [moisture is the enemy to brake fluid, along with heat] and replace the fluid with the proper formulation to satisfy the original manufacturer's intent.
For a "floating caliper" front brake job [most cars and trucks], the average price is $159.95. If your car requires a brake pad that cost more. we'll inform you beforehand. Performance cars and sedans usually have a fixed caliper system that could have as many as 8 individual pads per wheel. Yes, you'll pay more for those cars.
If a brake flush is needed, the cost is $99.95. We use a dip strip to determine the quality of the fluid. The strip has no agenda other than to tell the truth as to the condition. We'll inform you with the results of the test with a visual display. Ignoring brake fluid will result in the degradation of caliper and master cylinder seals leaking. We recommend a brake flush every two years, or 30,000 miles.