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Brakes Replacements & Problems Repaired at Home
Mechanical failures are one of the leading causes of motor vehicle accidents, especially those related to faulty brakes and suspension systems.
The brake system is undoubtedly the most important safety system that vehicles have, allowing drivers to slow down or stop to avoid a collision. But most people don’t think twice about the suspension until they hit a pothole or the car starts pulling left or right all the time. However, a faulty suspension system can significantly affect your ability to control your vehicle, increasing tire wear, reducing fuel economy and creating unsafe conditions when stopping or turning. Safety is why it’s crucial that car owners get their brakes & suspension systems checked by a professional mechanic as soon as an issue appears.
When You Should You Replace Your Brakes?
- You feel your brake pedal is soft or spongy.
- You feel that your brake pedal is hard to press.
- The brake warning light flashes.
- The car takes a longer time to stop.
- Your brakes continuously squeal, screech or make strange noises.
- When braking the car skids or you feel a loss of grip.
The brake system is undoubtedly the most important safety system that vehicles have, allowing drivers to slow down or stop to avoid a collision so you should not wait too long when it comes to repairing your brakes. If you hear a squealing noise or aren't sure if you need your brakes replaced then call us for a brake inspection.
What Are Brake Pads And Rotors?
Depending on what kind of car you have, it may utilize between 4 - 8 brake pads. When you step on the brake pedal, your car's master cylinder sends fluid under pressure to the brake calipers (which hold the brake pads). The caliper presses the brake pad against the brake rotor, causing friction that slows down the car. During normal usage of the brakes, brake pads wear out and become thinner. If the thickness of brake pads is less than a quarter of an inch, it is time to change the pads. Depending on where you drive, brake pads usually last between 35,000 - 40,000 kilometers. Some vehicles (e.g. BMW’s, Mercedes', etc) are equipped with a low-pad-warning system to notify you when is the right time to have your brake pads replaced. In these situations, the brake sensors will also be replaced as part of the brake pad service.
A rotor is a part of a vehicle's braking system. It is roughly shaped like a flat-bottomed bowl with a wide lip at the top. The design of the rotor allows the heat produced by this process to be evenly dispersed throughout the braking system so it does not overheat.
Brake Replacement Cost & Parts
The brake system consists of the brake pads, rotors, calipers, hoses, brake master cylinder and pedal. You can find more information on the braking system by reading our article Everything You Need to Know about Brakes.
When it comes to pricing – it usually depends on the quality of parts and the size of your vehicle. For most vehicles brake pads cost around $50-$120 with the rotors at $70 – $150 each. The labour is about 1 hour to 1.5 hours per side (front/rear). At instaMek you can decide if you want value parts or high end parts which will affect the quote. Generally the rule is that if you’re putting a lot of kilometers on your vehicle, especially city then it’s best to get better quality parts as they will last you longer.
Other automotive services.Please note that there are certain services we only perform if we diagnose the issue.
- Timing Belt & Water Pump
- Oil Change Service
- Power Steering Repair
- Cooling System Repair
- CV Joints & Axles
- Engine Flush
- Coolant Flush
- Fuel System Flush
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Honestly of all the experiences to describe these guys is the word fun. I needed to get my brakes replaced and Hany was my tech - he was funny and it was a blast dealing with these guys.
I called these guys up and they came by the same day to replace my brakes. I waited too long to get them changed and it was getting to the point where it had to be changed but I couldn't wait so it was super sweet they came out right away. The price was fair and the mechanic super friendly. Highly recommended!
Instamek came over to replace my brake pads because they were making an noise. The service was excellent and honest plus the price I got was super fair. They said they would only replace the parts as needed and it turns out my rotors were fine but the pads got replaced. The report they sent had pictures which was nice.
I needed to get my brakes replaced because I kept on procrastinating but it was finally too late and it had to get done. I just went on google and looked for anyone that can replace my brakes and found these guys. Gave them a call - the phone operator was very friendly and they worked their schedule to get in for my brakes within the same day. It was easy and timely.
Brake Pads - Front, Rotors - Front for a 2009 Mitsubishi Lancer
Had all my brakes done recently. Great quick service, incredibly convenient and cheaper than competitors. I highly recommend InstaMek to anyone.