When I inspect your brakes there are a number of things I look at besides just the thickness of the brake lining.
I evaluate the overall condition of the hard parts of the brake system and the hydraulic system. Using a micrometer I measure the thickness of the brake rotors and drums to make sure they are within factory specification so that I can machine them if necessary.
In the old days I machined every drum and rotor. Not so today. GM for example, says not to if there is no scoring or run out. The main reason for this is years ago the rotors were much thicker than they are today and you had plenty of “meat” to work with. In efforts of increasing fuel economy rotors have been made as light as possible on today’s vehicles.
For example, you live here part time and don’t want to sink a bunch of money in a vehicle you only drive a few thousand miles per year, I’m not going to recommend high-performance rotors and pads like I would if you drove up and down Kaloko everyday year round.
But if you do have to drive up and down a steep hill here on a regular basis and need the best parts available, I can install super high performance pads and rotors that will hold up much better in extreme conditions than the stock parts that are standard.
Other things that can increase the cost.
Brake Fluid should be tested every 2 years or when inspecting and or repairing the brakes. This is especially important in Hawaii due to the humidity. Brake fluid can and does absorb water from the atmosphere and that water lowers the boiling point of the fluid. This can cause the brakes to feel spongy when they get really hot coming down a hill like Kaloko for example. A good rule of thumb is to change the fluid every time the brakes are replaced.
Calipers, wheel cylinders, rotors and drums can add additional cost to the repair of your brakes.
Some shops recommend caliper overhaul or replacement at every brake job . I don’t. I recommend calipers only when I see an obvious problem or I know of known problems with that particular vehicle brake caliper. Like the rear of a Chevy S-series truck for example. They almost always have problems if you don’t replace them.
Rear Brakes – Drum Type
I have a strict policy of always replacing the rear brake hydraulic wheel cylinders when we replace brake shoes due to the high probability of a wheel cylinder failure shortly after the reline if I don’t.
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