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post #1 of 8 Old 06-25-2013, 04:03 PM Thread Starter
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How much should full brake job cost around?

I have a 2004 Honda Accord Ex V6 3.0L Coupe and have about 53,000 miles on them and I need to replace the pads and rotors all around how much should that run me for parts and labor or if I get the parts alone, I'm not trying to get super cheap parts either I would like ceramic brake pads all around and maybe some wearever rotors or maybe a better brand? Any suggestions? I also have 6 brand new Denso spark plugs but not sure if I should replace them just yet because I heard facory OEM Honda Spark plugs are good up to 115k? I do A LOT of city/highway driving.

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do not replace your plugs yet, you'd be wasting money.

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Welcome to the forums....

You can purchase 4 zinc-plated rotors (even cross-drilled if you wanted) and all ceramic pads for under $200 all the way up to about $1,000.

If you pay a garage, they will most likely mark-up the parts and charge you 3 hours of labor at a rate of perhaps $90 an hour.

You should get on YouTube and watch "Eric the Car Guy" and search his site for "brake job" or "Honda brake job". You will learn a lot.

I just did mine and wrenched it myself. Cost me under $200 for all four wheels.

Ummm, DENSO are original Honda spark plugs....members here take them out at 105,000 miles and they still look and function perfectly.

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I just checked my files and I bought the following parts last month:

Duralast Gold rotors for the front and rear
Duralast Gold C-Max pads front and rear
3 cans of caliper paint (1200 degrees F, flat black)

I had my mechanic install all of the parts and replace all of my brake fluid with OEM fluid. The total cost was $377 (with installation and changing the fluid being $120 of that total).

Just to put it into perspective how much the "stealership" wants:

I looked back on the inspection paper they provided me when I took it to the dealer 2 months ago to get the coolant drained and refilled. They noticed my pads were getting low (2mm front, 4mm rear which I was aware of) and quoted me the following:

Replace brake fluid = $119
Front pads and turn the rotors = $189
Rear pads and turn the rotors = $135

Total = $443, which is $66 MORE than me buying the parts myself and having an independent guy install them. Plus, I got all new rotors, not crappy resurfaced rotors that have obvious reduced thickness and heat dissipation abilities. Side note story they were also pressing hard for me to fork over another $109 to replace my power steering fluid...I simply took it back 3 weeks later to get the PS hose recall done and they replaced the fluid then at no cost to me covered under the recall. It changed my opinion on this dealership in particular that the guy would try and get me to get the PS fluid changed on a Saturday (day they don't do recall work) when some or all of the fluid would have been replaced a few weeks later under the recall. This was all suggested to me mere minutes after he asked me if I was aware of the recall (I said yes) and asked me when I wanted to schedule to bring it in for the recall.

Moral of story - buy parts yourself that have a good warranty (like Duralast) and get an honest mechanic to install the parts. You'll save $$$
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Excellent, informative write-up and a good moral to the story, Mike. And +1 for keeping good records.
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Disc brakes pads = 1 hour front, 1 hour rear
Rotor = 0.4 hour each rotor
Bleed = 0.7 hour

For the rear drum folks,
shoe replacement = 1.4 hour both sides
replacement drum .4 hour each side

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Excellent, informative write-up and a good moral to the story, Mike. And +1 for keeping good records.
Thanks Rick!
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Well I've said it on a couple threads but here is what I did. Keep in mind yours would be double my cost because I only have front rotors.
Like mike I use duralast. I purchased the original set of rotors and pads in 2011. Drove for two years exactly and nearly 53000 miles. Back side pads were worn and starting to get near the grinding stage. I keep maintenance records of everything in car so I can look pr have warranty receipts with me. Looked it up and it I was within the warranty for rotors exactly. Pads are lifetime. Technically 83.25 years in their system.
Anyways I repurchased since you have to bring old parts in and I only have one car. Went home. Changed them out without issues, then returned original parts and was refunded with no issues.
Purchase price in 2011 for duralast gold rotors and cmax pads was $129 this previous time it would have cost $139. But now I'm only down $64.50 per brake job. Either way it is super simple and requires minimal tools.

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