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Simon
08-08-2007, 02:51 PM
My car is in the shop and getting painted right now after some chinese delivery guy hit my car and took off. Anyways, the mechanic gave me a $650 estimate for OEM rotors and pads for all 4 wheels. Do you think this is a good price or should I consider something else? ECS? Is the break install hard? I figured since the car is already in the shop that i should just pay them and get it over with. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance for any input!!

~Simon

B5 S4 Stage 3

sixfiveoh
08-08-2007, 03:03 PM
I got quoted for $325 for all 4 OEM rotors and pads for parts only at Streetwerke in Palo Alto, but I decided only to go with fronts, since my backs are still about 80% or so. Came out to be like $175, and I'm installing them myself, so yes, $650 sounds pretty steep to me [:p]

spxxx
08-09-2007, 12:45 AM
sixfiveoh- where are you from in the bay area im in the 408 ha.

The1amRadio
08-09-2007, 08:15 AM
i got quoted $404 yesterday for drilled/slotted rotors and new Hawk HPS's. i'll be buying zimmerman rotors and hps's and doing at least the rotors myself.

newtonc2001A4V6
08-09-2007, 05:10 PM
I don't know, considering the fact this included all OEM parts, installed by an Audi dealer; that seems like a decent price.

I just had rear brakes (ceramics), OEM rotors, and a brake flush for $360 and that was just for the rears ($130 for rotors, $75 for pads, $20 for brake fluid, $135 for labor). This was at a shop that specializes in Audi/VW.

libtech75
08-16-2007, 09:07 AM
That's sounds a little bit high but not out of line. I think about $100 above what the repair should cost.

I just had my rear pads and rotors replaced with OEM rotors, and Mintex Red pads ($120 rotors, $40 pads, $120 labor) at a cost of $280 plus tax. Total repair was $300 but my repair was also done by shop that specializes in Audi. I know my local gas station will do slightly cheaper on labor but don't trust them with my car and their parts are often much more expensive (that's where they make their money) and quality dubious at best.

With my ATE Super Blue Brake flush my total repair was around $400.

onemoremile
08-16-2007, 11:57 AM
If you can do rotors then you can do pads. The caliper has to come off to change the rotors anyway.

xr4tic
08-16-2007, 12:20 PM
The fronts are easy, the rear you will need the tool to compress the rear caliper, but you can get that pretty cheap, or rent for free from some auto parts stores.

sixfiveoh
08-16-2007, 04:24 PM
sixfiveoh- where are you from in the bay area im in the 408 ha.

I'm actually in the 408 right now, I work down here, but I live up in San Mateo. [up]

onemoremile
08-16-2007, 09:16 PM
Audi rear brake tool.

http://www.gti-vr6.net/library/wheels_tires_brakes/braketoolextended.jpg

tomustang
08-20-2007, 07:37 PM
i got quoted $404 yesterday for drilled/slotted rotors and new Hawk HPS's. i'll be buying zimmerman rotors and hps's and doing at least the rotors myself.

forget drilled/slotted, it's a waste. blanks and some hawk hps's will outperform looks

tomustang
08-20-2007, 07:40 PM
Audi rear brake tool.

http://www.gti-vr6.net/library/wheels_tires_brakes/braketoolextended.jpg

or you can pick up the cube for $6 [cool]

http://www.autopart.com/TOOLS/TOOLSMAIN/pictures/75dpi/1455.jpg

brlukosk
08-21-2007, 07:44 AM
^^ Good luck with the cube. You have to push in and turn at the same time. The nubs on the cube dont fit right so its almost impossible to use.

Get the brake tool kit at harbor freight. I think its around $30 for the tool with adapters for just about every kind of calipers.

seatown88
08-22-2007, 10:21 PM
Get the brake tool kit at harbor freight. I think its around $30 for the tool with adapters for just about every kind of calipers.

+1 works great

for the price, i think that its way over priced

iin10ded
09-06-2007, 09:54 AM
also for the diy noob, brakes are one of the easiest jobs you can do on your car. print out the how-to's, be careful, and have at it. if you can take the wheel off you can r+r your pads + rotors. just make sure to torque everything to proper specs, use corect fluid, if you open lines then bleed properly, etc.

billyblooshoes
09-06-2007, 03:26 PM
i actually used a large c clamp when i did my brakes last year and it worked just fine.

iin10ded
09-06-2007, 03:31 PM
the cclamp works fine on calipers that just need pushing. the rear calipers need pushing and turning. i've done this and it's a wicked pita. trying to hold the caliper, twist the cclamp and tap the piston with a screwdriver + hammer is a trick.

spend the 30 for the tool. you'll be much happier. btdt.

Tifun
09-25-2007, 08:19 PM
i actually used a large c clamp when i did my brakes last year and it worked just fine.

Same here...it used the little ball thing at the end and turned the piston back in. Had to put some muscle into it but it worked. $650 isn't insane at a shop that charges $75p/hr using OEM stuff. OEM isn't cheap, however some after market parts are cheaper and more efficient.
-Keith