2006 STS V8 1SE with JE5 brakes. I got a quote today from Pep Boys (Manny was not in...) for what they called their Bronze Front Brake Service with Cermaic Package for $165.00. This includes turning the rotors, lifetime warranty on the pads (no more brake dust) and 18 months/18,000 miles labor warranty. Has anyone used Pep boys for brake service? The price is $90.00 lower than Just Brakes - metalic pads. :hmm:
10-04-08, 06:41 PM
i guess that is not bad for front only. i bought front and rears from Luke @ Lindsay for 200 and did em myself.
The only negative with ceramic brakes is that they will squeek more . . .
10-04-08, 09:45 PM
yesterday i purchased je5 rear brake pads from autozone for $22.99 and installed them myself which was very easy( on a scale from 1 to 10 i would call it a 3).. shame on the dealer for wanting $350 to do that job. it took me every bit of 45 minutes.
My only concern in doing the brake job myself is turning he rotors. They are not scored or wrapped, but the pads have another 5K miles left on the front, so I am looking around. Also, the bleeding operation if I need to do this - I can buy a bleeder unit so I can do it myself, but there is the question of need.
BTW, I have done a number of drum brakes, front and rear, on cars dating back to the thirties and never had a problem. Disk brakes are a bit more challenging because of the rotors.
10-05-08, 09:40 AM
NO,NO,NO, disc brakes are less of a challenge. open the mc cap and no bleeding is required and if you didn't mess up your rotors then you won't have to touch them. i have been doing brakes for years and have never had a problem with disc brakes.You can do it or have it done in the manner that is best for you but i think it is ridiculous to give the dealer $350 or even Pep Boys $165 for an at best $100 brake job.:crying2:
Someone should post a "How-To" for sts brake job. Would like to do it myself, but have never done it before.
10-05-08, 12:12 PM
Did they have different types of brake pads? Perhaps more expensive ones that cut down the dust?
10-05-08, 01:08 PM
Yes, they did. They have the Duralsat Gold for $38.99 but they don't keep them in stock.You have to order them. I didn't have time seeing you could just barely start to hear my squealers. The brake job went well I just sprayed the back of the pad with " no squeal" or brake quiet and did not touch the rotor. My brakes stop just as before...nice ans smooth....perfect.
10-05-08, 07:30 PM
No need to bleed brakes...use a screw driver or brake tool to spread the pads from the rotor so you can get the caliper off. Once the caliper is off use a 'c' clamp and squeeze the caliper plunger back into the caliber, this will give the room necessary to install new pads and slide back over rotors.