So, your car has a problem.

Front or Rear brake pads.


What does this mean?

We’re reasonably sure your front or rear 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, most manufacturers commonly include a “wear indicator” on the brake pad. The “wear indicator” is a small piece of metal that purposely makes a horrendous amount of noise once the pads are near the end of their life, notifying the driver that the brakes need service. Other manufacturers use an indicator light to show when they are worn. Some manufacturer have no wear indicator of any kind, giving you no warning when the pads are completely worn. Approximately 60% of the time, the car requires only new brake pads and the rotors can be reused. We’ve listed quotes replacing only pads and replacing pads and rotors. Once the mechanic gets onsite, they will verify the issue. 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 200 miles from when it started to make the noise or light comes on. 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
2

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