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1990 Pontiac Bonneville

How much should a front brake job cost, pads? Must the rotors be done or can just the pads be done?

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  • war9 Jan 11, 2009

    Thanks for the response. Goodyear Service Center here in Va. wanted $488.00 and told my son that it was a Federal Law that the rotors had to be changed.

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All shops will tell you that you need to turn or replace the front rotors when you do brakes. I personally only replace rotors, and only if I get shaking in the steering wheel when I apply the brakes. In answer to your question 75 to 125$ us for a brake job including pads and turning the rotors.

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It is law IF your rotors, when measured with a micrometer, deem to thin to allow the shop to turn them again. Then they need replacing. Manufacturers of rotors used to make them thick enough to allow two to three turnings. Not anymore as cost cutting measures force you to pay sooner than you should. $200.00 should get you all new and out the door.

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