Hey guys, how many miles before you needed a brake job? Do you always change the rotors? Did you do the front and back at the same time?
Just had a quote from a local shop for brakes and rotors. OEM’s $1000. Seems high. I’m a newbie to LC maintenance cost and would perhaps do it myself if time allows....but have four kids. Time suckers. Is this a reasonable price??
The only hard part is that the rear rotors incorporate drum type parking brakes that should be inspected, and serviced if they are old or gross (rusty, contaminated, full of grit). If the linings are worn, just go ahead and install new ones with new springs and adjusters. They are a PITA to work on, especially if you have never touched a drum brake before. There is a recent thread on adjusting them.
Also if the fluid is three years old it needs to be flushed, don’t just push all the deteriorated fluid back up into the system when you retract the caliper pistons.
It’s not hard to replace brakes, it just takes extra time and care to do it correctly. Some people hate doing brakes, I actually prefer doing it myself compared to having a shop tech do it, because he is rushed and will never take the time to pay attention to details.