Here’s the latest reader question, along with my reply!
K7C asks: Just read your recent post on (pre-festivities) vehicle maintenance and I definitely need brake-work. What is the best “type” of shop to get my brakes serviced/repaired/changed/etc?
I don’t know of any reputable shops where I live (relatively new to the area), so should I trust one of the brake-specialist chain locations (Midas, Meineke, etc)? Do you have a rough estimate I should be aware of for parts/labor to replace with all new (necessary) components for a 2005 Yukon XL w/ ~170,000 miles?
BTW – my wife and I have not worn a face-diaper once while anywhere here in NW Houston, TX……and I only wore a full head/face baklava in April at Costco in Boise, ID when the corporate-heads diktated it – so I could openly mock the fearful sheep (“Hey! how about 8-10 feet, buddy! Can’t be too safe, right?! All in this “together”, right?!……thank God for our government who truly cares for us so much!…..”, etc). We will not be shamed, be made to feel guilty, or be fearful – we have young children we want to set the proper (though not always easy) example for…..and perhaps give encouragement to the maybe 1/100 that might me swayed to stand up as well. Thanks for your time, your writing, and your encouragement!
My reply: A personal recommendation from someone whose judgment you trust is generally your best bet, especially if it’s affirmed by others you know whose judgment you trust. I’d begin by asking people in your orbit who’ve lived in the area awhile who they trust and start there.
Chains aren’t necessarily bad, incidentally. They are actually franchises – and one outlet can be great while another . . . isn’t. Due diligence and caveat emptor.
Also, if you can avoid being in a pinch you greatly reduce the odds of a rip-off. Get estimates from several places before you commit to the work – which you can do if your Yukon’s brakes are still working. Once they’re not….
As far as the cost – this will depend on whether you need just pads (and turned rotors, etc.) or new rotors… and calipers… and other potentially expensive things. If it’s just a routine brake job – new pads all around and turn the rotors/drums (if you have rear drums, which IIRC you do) plus bleed/refill the hydraulic system with fresh fluid, the cost ought to be no more than $200 or so in parts and labor. But if you need new rotors, calipers/drums or – praying not – a master cylinder/ABS pump – the cost could be a lot higher.
On the rest: Heck yes! The response I’m seeing is heartening. There are a lot of people who are tired of the Kabuki – and aren’t going to play their assigned part. It’s about time. Most of us have been incredibly patient, putting up with this catastrophic nonsense for much too long already.
It’s time to say no more.
As of today.
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