Help with Calculating Average Brake Repair Cost
Brake repair cost can vary from less than $100 to more than $700. It just depends on what is wrong with your brakes. Brake repairs should always be done by mechanical experts, so with this comes their time and labor, which is an added cost. To find out if your brakes may have problems, listen for some warning signs such as screeching or squeaking. Take your car into your local mechanic and he can diagnose the problem for you. Below are some common brake problems and what they may run you.
Worn Brake Pads
Brake pads are not invincible. Every time you brake the car, you wear them a little bit. This is because of the immense friction used to stop your multi-ton vehicle. You should listen for those, because they're the signs of wearing brakes. Make sure you get these fixed once you hear them, because not changing them can lead to future, more expensive problems. This usually costs around $100 to $150.
Low Brake Fluid
Low brake fluid is also a common problem. Sounds easy, just pour some more in. However, two things must be remembered:
- Brake fluid is toxic, so unless you know what you are doing, let a professional handle it.
- Putting fluid in there causes air bubbles, and that means you need to bleed your brakes. It's a dirty job, so spend the $250 or so it will cost and let a professional do it.
Any more severe problems such as master cylinders, rotors or other malfunctions could mean you need to replace a large part of the system. That can run from $500 to $750 dollars.