So, your car has a problem.

Front brakes with Light.


What does this mean?

We’re reasonably sure your front or back brakes are worn and need to be replaced. The brake pads squeeze on the brake rotors, creating friction to stop the car. The brake pads and rotors are designed to wear over time. Eventually the brake pads and rotor become worn to the point where they need to be replaced. To notify the driver that they need to be replaced, German car manufacturers include a sensor in the brake pad. Once the pad wears to a certain point, a light comes in the dash. Approximately 30% of the time, the car requires only new brake pads. The rotors can be reused. We’ve listed quotes replacing only pads and replacing pads and rotors. The front and back are the same price. Once the mechanic gets onsite, they will verify the issue (front or back – pads or pads and rotors). You will only be charged for rotors if they are required.

How urgent?


On a scale of 1 to 10, we rate this to have an urgency of 9. Some repairs have very low urgency, and we give those a 1. With these repairs, you can wait for as long as you would like, because it will not ever result in harm to you or your vehicle. These are usually cosmetic damages.

We consider a 5 to be something that will eventually need to be done, but you can likely get away with holding off for a while if other things are more pressing. However, if a repair is close to a 10 (or at a 10), this means you should NOT be driving the vehicle, and should get this repaired as soon as possible.

What happens if I wait?


We would recommend getting it fixed as soon as possible – a maximum of 300 miles from when it started to make the noise. The repair costs get more expensive with time.

How complicated is this repair?

This is how we score our difficulty.

  1. This job has no tools required, and can be completed by just about anyone.
  2. This requires a relatively handy person, but little experience working on cars exclusively.
  3. This warrants an average person who’s done a fair amount of car repair. Think the weekend mechanic who’s done a brake job or two!
  4. At this difficulty, the average mechanic could do the job, but you wouldn't want to do it yourself without a fair amount of experience.
  5. This job is very specialized, requiring very expensive tools only a specialty shop has and a high level of expertise.
We rank this repair to be a
3

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