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Old 11-23-2011, 10:16 PM   #1
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Default How Much Should a Front Brake Job Cost?

I found a hairline crack in my front left rotor this morning, so I took it to Midas and they told me that it should be replaced here within the next couple weeks. Looking back, it seems stupid to not have gotten a quote right then and there, but I didn't.
So before I call back tomorrow for a quote, I wanted to find out how much two front rotors and pads should cost me, to see if I should check around, or stick with Midas.
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Old 11-23-2011, 10:36 PM   #2
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Not too sure on how much it would cost to have a shop do it but you are looking at 300 plus most likely. However it is a fairly easy job if you are willing to tackle it yourself and you can save a fair amount of money.
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Old 11-23-2011, 10:39 PM   #3
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Do it yourself...!
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Old 11-23-2011, 10:52 PM   #4
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Go to gmpartsdirect.com and look up prices.

A shop will always be several times more costly than what you could do it for. If you, or if you know someone, that is even remotely handy with mechanics, the brakes are not difficult at all to change om the C5's.
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Old 11-23-2011, 10:57 PM   #5
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Not too sure on how much it would cost to have a shop do it but you are looking at 300 plus most likely. However it is a fairly easy job if you are willing to tackle it yourself and you can save a fair amount of money.
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Go to gmpartsdirect.com and look up prices.

A shop will always be several times more costly than what you could do it for. If you, or if you know someone, that is even remotely handy with mechanics, the brakes are not difficult at all to change om the C5's.


Do your homework, low profile jack, jacking pucks, Hawk Hps pads, GM rotors, YOU can do it!


Contact a local Corvette Club. Those guys will show you in your garage!



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Old 11-23-2011, 11:00 PM   #6
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It should cost whatever you pay from your local parts house to get the pads and rotors. Plus whatever Walmart charges for a pack of tighty-whiteys that you'll need to fit the new pair of ***** you just grew.
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Old 11-23-2011, 11:31 PM   #7
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Unbelievably EASY to change these pads and rotors. With the money you save from paying someone to do the job, you can buy yourself a low-propile jack that you will probably need someday anyways. I got one at wal-mart for $110.
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Old 11-23-2011, 11:40 PM   #8
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Labor cost at the dealership has a special pads and rotors with the labor cost of $99.95 and there is a mail in rebate for $25. you will get quality parts and likely get a good technician to do the work. Most aftermarket brake jobs sell cheaper because they sell cheap stuff. Just because they do brakes all day does not make them better.
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Old 11-23-2011, 11:41 PM   #9
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It sounds like a good excuse to upgrade to drilled & slotted rotors!
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Old 11-24-2011, 02:35 AM   #10
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Labor cost at the dealership has a special pads and rotors with the labor cost of $99.95 and there is a mail in rebate for $25. you will get quality parts and likely get a good technician to do the work. Most aftermarket brake jobs sell cheaper because they sell cheap stuff. Just because they do brakes all day does not make them better.
I'm not rich but I would always spend $100 for labor to have the dealer do the brake job.

No fuss, no muss, no jacks, no pucks, no bleed kits, no fluid.
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Old 11-24-2011, 03:56 AM   #11
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In 50 years of driving and taking care of my own cars...replacing front rotors and pads takes me less than an hour... you can buy new rotors at NAPA for 50 dollars each, and a set of front pads will cost another hundred. If you lived close by I would teach you how to do this job hands on.. There are many Corvette owners in CA. get intouch with a Corvette club and ask for help.. For 50 years, Corvette owners have been helping other corvette owners, this forum is a perfect example.
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Im in valencia buy the parts and lunch and ill throw them in for you, as well as teach you how to do them for the future. Please do not let midas ruin your vette.

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Old 11-24-2011, 04:37 AM   #13
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Yes.....run...don't walk from Midas.

If you have No inclination to do them yourself, ask around your area for a decent shop that might specialize in Corvettes or is at least known to be honest and reasonably priced. There is no shame in asking exactly what their shop rate is too.

There is also no shame in doing what is said here. I've helped at least one forum member in my driveway personally change their oil....no big deal but he didn't go to Iffy Lube.....

Let us know how it all turns out.
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Old 11-24-2011, 09:48 AM   #14
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I'm not rich but I would always spend $100 for labor to have the dealer do the brake job.

No fuss, no muss, no jacks, no pucks, no bleed kits, no fluid.
Common misconception is that you have to bleed.....NOPE!!

In a SIMPLE brake pad change, you don't open the fluid portion of the system........

easy easy easy
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Im in valencia buy the parts and lunch and ill throw them in for you, as well as teach you how to do them for the future. Please do not let midas ruin your vette.


I'd say you owe this guy a lunch and a case of beer.
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Old 11-24-2011, 09:59 AM   #16
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If you feel you can do the job yourself, do it. The hardest part is getting the brackets loose so you can remove the rotors. If you don't want to do it yourself, good suggestion to see if some forum member in your area that has done this before can help you.
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Get parts from Gene Culley at www.gmapartshouse.com Good prices and the proper parts the first time out. Super easy job since you are replacing the rotors and pads. So simple, you'll surprise yourself.
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Old 11-24-2011, 10:22 AM   #18
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Absolutely do NOT use Napa parts. Pure junk.

At the very least, use OEM parts for everything you do. If your rotors aren't warped, definitely no need to turn the rotors, either. Just slap the new pads on.

I haven't done the Vette yet, but no fear here. The Camaro was easy to do. The part of the job that took the longest was jacking the car up and taking the wheels off!

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I'm not rich but I would always spend $100 for labor to have the dealer do the brake job.

No fuss, no muss, no jacks, no pucks, no bleed kits, no fluid.
As said above, this is a common misconception. I can change the front rotors and pads in less time than it takes to drive to the local dealership and back.
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Another inexpensive source for good components is Rock Auto
www.rockauto.com

If I buy OEM it is from Gene at www.gmpartshouse.com
IF I am looking for after market it is Rock Auto

If you can read english & turn a wrench you can do your own brakes.
There are a number of DIY's on the forum with complete step by step instructions and pictures.
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