Had to pay over $600 for a brake job!! Aaaaarrrghhh!

  1. Had to get my brakes on my Blazer fixed, and man, did it cost!! But it had to be done. A couple of weeks ago, I started hearing a grinding noise. Went to Midas today, they said that both front and back axels needed a complete brake job. The calipers were essentially rusted shut, and that meant that my brakes were engaged ALL THE TIME. They said $750.00. So my mom said, "Go to Sears." So when they took the calipers off the back axel, the pads totally fell apart. So naturally, I got everything fixed, for about $100.00 less. Oh well, at least I'm safe now!! What a day!! :chuckle
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  3. by   Tweety
    I hear ya. I just spent $900.00 on tires and routine maintenance, tune up, etc. Is it my imagation or has the cost of maintaining a vehicle gotten worse the last five or so years? I only have a Saturn.
  4. by   warrior woman
    You're right Tweety!! It does seem that it costs a lot more just to MAINTAIN a car or truck. And don't even get me started on gas prices!!
  5. by   Rustyhammer
    Thats why I do my own brakes, tune-up etc...
    It doesn't REALLY cost that much to fix brakes. The labor is the bulk of it.
    -R
  6. by   suzanne4
    Glad that I don't own a car anymore...........................
  7. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Glad i know someone who takes a carton of cigs and a 6 pack of mtn dew (and buying the parts) as payment for brakes.
  8. by   unknown99
    Just spent $800 to replace window because someone shot it out with a BB gun. It happened all over town that night.
  9. by   FranEMTnurse
    :uhoh21: Horrors! I refuse to go to Monroe for that reason. They're a bunch of shuysters. The last time I took my car there was for a squeak when I applied my brakes. They put it on a lift, went all over it, and then I heard a neverending click on the computer as the manager began writing up my estimate. It came to over $700. I thanked them for the estimate, took it, and went right over to Midas and asked them to check the squeak out. It was found in just a few minutes, and the cost was less than $50. The Monroe place, where a sign is placed in the waiting room states it is illegal for customers to enter the work area due to insurance issues. However, at least our Midas dealer, it's a more honest place. After the problem is located, the mechanic takes the customer into the work area where he points out the problem, then they give you a printed estimate. If you choose to have the work done there, they will gladly accept you. I have never had any problems with them.
    Quote from warrior woman
    Had to get my brakes on my Blazer fixed, and man, did it cost!! But it had to be done. A couple of weeks ago, I started hearing a grinding noise. Went to Midas today, they said that both front and back axels needed a complete brake job. The calipers were essentially rusted shut, and that meant that my brakes were engaged ALL THE TIME. They said $750.00. So my mom said, "Go to Sears." So when they took the calipers off the back axel, the pads totally fell apart. So naturally, I got everything fixed, for about $100.00 less. Oh well, at least I'm safe now!! What a day!! :chuckle
  10. by   LauraF, RN
    This thread and your comments have made me appreciate my husband. I had brake problems a few months ago. They completely failed and the van was not keeping brake fluid. Hubby fixed it for $80. Changed a transmision in anotehr car for $150. Trany was from the junkyard but it worked! Thanks guys, I'm going to go give hubby a great big hug and kiss.
  11. by   FranEMTnurse
    It must be wonderful to have such a handy guy around the house. Bless you.


    Quote from RN2BLPN4NOW
    This thread and your comments have made me appreciate my husband. I had brake problems a few months ago. They completely failed and the van was not keeping brake fluid. Hubby fixed it for $80. Changed a transmision in anotehr car for $150. Trany was from the junkyard but it worked! Thanks guys, I'm going to go give hubby a great big hug and kiss.
  12. by   H ynnoD
    I do all the repairs on both our vehicles.I have to tell people all the time that I don't work on other peoples cars anymore.As soon as they hear your a mechanic,the car noise questions start.Get some good buys though sometimes when people don't know whats wrong and don't want to spend a fortune fixing it.
  13. by   happystudent
    Well my engine seized on my honda...Had an oil leak and didnt realize until the oil light came on and after 5 mins black smoke was pouring out the engine....sigh.....there goes my commuter car.....mechanic said for 2000 dollars he can drop a new engine in......so i have to decide whether to spend 2grand on a new engine or buy a new car.......sigh......
  14. by   FranEMTnurse
    Quote from Donny H
    I do all the repairs on both our vehicles.I have to tell people all the time that I don't work on other peoples cars anymore.As soon as they hear your a mechanic,the car noise questions start.Get some good buys though sometimes when people don't know whats wrong and don't want to spend a fortune fixing it.
    Donny,

    I used to do my own repairs too. I've replaced a headgasket twice, a water pump and an alternator numerous times, a heater core once, plus all the maintenance stuff. Necessity can make you do things you thought you were incapable of doing. However, I'm no longer able to do that, and it would take a computer expert to repair all those newer cars anyway.

    I do own a very nice, and Godgiven 98 Dodge Neon though. It was presented to me after my other car failed inspection. I put the problem in His hands, and now I have the nicest fully equipped car I have ever owned that my son-in-law now takes care of because my daughter uses it a lot.

    Ya see now why I call myself "Happygal?" I am definitely a very happy person.

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