Join Date: Dec 2015
Location: Western Colorado
Vehicle: 2002 SLK230 Kompressor
Other Toys: Matching CVO Harley
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New brakes and rotors all the way around
I called around and got quotes for new brakes and rotors installed. To say I had "sticker shock" would be more than an understatement. I got quotes from $550, (if the rotors were turned only) on up to $1100!
Being retired and living on SS and VA benefits, it wasn't in the cards. I decided to start looking at videos on line, and finally between posts here and on u-tube, felt as though I could do it myself.
I went on line to AutoZone, and found their carbon steel rotors, and the upper end Duralast pads. If ordered on line, got a 20% discount and free shipping, with return privileges to the store.
All the items had a better guarantee than the quoted jobs, and I took on the task.
It took me about 5 hours, doing it one wheel at a time, and making sure I was doing it correctly. I would guess each, caliper, bracket, mounting hardware etc took me 15 minutes per wheel to clean up and lube where needed. The rest of the time was just the process of jacking up the car, putting a safety stand under it, pulling everything, remounting etc.
When all done, it took two pumps on the pedal and I had nice firm feel, started the car, turned the wheels to full lock in both directions to clear the error code, and was done.
Keep in mind, I am going in for back surgery soon, am 70 years old, and have never don brakes before. So don't be afraid to dive in and look at stuff. If I had google when I was younger, I would have probably tackled just about anything.
P.S. I just took the car out for a 110 mile test drive, through the mountains of Colorado, and am still here, so I think I did OK