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    p Active Member

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    FYI - neighbor just helped me change the rotors and break pads on my Matrix.
    Parts were $130
    Time - about 70 min
    Difficulty level - one step up from changing your tires

    Dealer wanted $650 for them to do it.

    If you do it once, you will never have a mechanic do it again.

    Caravan is next as they go through breaks every 2 years.
     
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    I have always tried to be a DIY guy. I have put brakes on three of my vehicles in the past 6 months.
     
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    Dealers try to make out it's rocket science, well done you
     
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    nineoaks2004 Every meal is a picnic and every Day is a holiday

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    Dealers are there to make money, if they don't then they will not be in business very long, it costs a lot to be in business. (my opinion) More power to you for doing it yourself and saving the money. Good luck and Happy Camping
     
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    I have no problem with a dealer making a living. I have a problem with them making a killing.....Every car dealer I ever knew lived in about the biggest house in town.
     
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    If your brakes are all disc brakes, which most are now, get a tool set to handle the back brakes. But I guess most people who do their own brake jobs know this...
     
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    West Coast Canuck Jumped to the dark side ......

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    Good on you for taking on the task, I have serviced all my vehicles all my life and saved thousands upon thousands of dollars on repairs. I have purchased a lot of specialty tools to make the jobs easier with the latest being a Milwaulkee battery operated 1/2” impact gun that puts out 1100 ft lbs of reverse torque and a Rigid 1/2” battery impact gun that will do 450 lbs reverse torque. I gotta tell you, removing a tire has never been so easy. Although I have pneumatic tools, these impact guns are more powerful. No more loosing bolts before jacking. I just lift and impact away. 4 wheel tire rotations are less than 15 minutes for me now when I use my portable Ranger Quickjack to lift my car off the ground.
     
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    My record for the winter change over is 50 minutes!

    Funny story...I always have my 9 year old helping me change my tires.
    Well...after jacking up the car and removing a wheel and having the summer wheels ready to go on....I went into the garage to get something. My 9'year old was left in the back lane holding the impact gun.

    When I came back out there was a guy in a truck staring at the car and my son. When he saw me he laughed out loud....and understood what was going on.
     
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    I've got a buddy whose a high end specialty sports car mechanic (primarily Porche but some exotics like Ferrari and Lambo) and he says he'd rather do brakes and oil changes than anything else. Fast turn over and good money. The high end engine restorations and more elaborate repairs are not money makers for him. Guess they got to make money some how?
     
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