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DIY is Getting Expensive on Automobiles

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Tundra rolled over 100K so replaced the pads and had the front rotors turned had less that a sixteenth left on the pads . Rear was 2 new rotors for the price of one because the machine decided to traverse into the work and gouged one while they were doing the rears so got a new one free but my other rotor hadn't been turned and it was fuck. So just ponied up for the other. Anyway, store manager wouldn't let me help the kid today so don't know what happened. It was woman mgr in today.

So anyway, pads 200, $100 for the rotor, and $50 for the front disk turning. $350, total parts. I did use the most expensive Wagner pads because it's a heavy truck and wanted to see if they are worth it. After I finished up I had some sticker shock because my last car project was 3 years ago. Dealer had quoted $600 but no way I trust them after the crap they pulled last week.

So, service tally for the last 2 weeks is now up to almost $1200 for the truck. Next is tires. Easily will be $1500 for a set
 

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You can buy quality rotors and pads online for most vehicles for way less than that. Install process hasn’t changed on most new vehicles

What the heck size tires are you buying that cost $1500? Better be 40”+
Any decent 20" tire is $300 each before install. Ok, lets go with $1300+

I do feel like I overpaid $25 a set for the pads because I didn't want to wait, however, these had the backing plates integrated where the other set would have reused the old ones.. The rotor was a surprise. I would have spent 50 to get them turned. so there's another $50.
 

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Any decent 20" tire is $300 each before install. Ok, lets go with $1300+

I do feel like I overpaid $25 a set for the pads because I didn't want to wait, however, these had the backing plates integrated where the other set would have reused the old ones.. The rotor was a surprise. I would have spent 50 to get them turned. so there's another $50.
What pads reuse the backing plate? I have never changed a set of pads that didn't come complete and as a complete replacement.
 

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Any decent 20" tire is $300 each before install. Ok, lets go with $1300+

I do feel like I overpaid $25 a set for the pads because I didn't want to wait, however, these had the backing plates integrated where the other set would have reused the old ones.. The rotor was a surprise. I would have spent 50 to get them turned. so there's another $50.
My Titan has 18's, and my last two sets of tires were over $1300.00. That was a few years ago and I'm sure it's worse now.
 

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Don't know about Tundras, but on my K1500 and K2500 chevs, I just buy new rotors and toss the old cuz it isn't worth the hassle having them turned.
I buy everything from online from Rock Auto and plan around their multiple shipping locations by stocking up on consumables like pads, rotors, plugs and hoses.

I needed a lower rad hose, Gates same part # at Auto Zone, O Reillys etc was over $40, same Gates # was $14 at Rock Auto.

It helps having multiple vehicles, so waiting a few days for parts isn't an issue.



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'02 Tundra parts. I just paid $12 apiece for front brake hoses, $100 for a caliper, $48 for new Bosch OEM (ceramic) front pads. I had rebuilt the rear brakes when I rebuilt the rear end a year ago. Truck stops great now.
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Still use auto parts stores for some items but Rock Auto, CarID and a couple of diesel-specific online stores get the resst of my business.
Would love to shop more local but the local places are pricing themselves out of reach for my limited income. As stated above, lcal wants $50 for what I can buy online for $23 shipping included
 

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I had used Rock Auto in the past but it escaped me this time. They have the same pads for a 1/3 of the price. I'm tempted to buy the set from RA and return them to Oreilly. Bastards

Just ordered the set from RA. I'll take them back to Oreilly this weekend when they arrive
 
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Last truck I owned that took 20" tires was a 3 ton flatbed.
People don’t pay attention when they buy a new vehicle to things like tire prices. I payed the following for installed tires in the past four years:

33” tires on 16” rims for a suburban. $500 for all four installed
Four new tires installed on a Saturn with 15” rims $280
Four new tires installed on a bmw with 17” rims $380
Four new tires installed on an Impala with 16” rims $350

I change my own brakes. A set of decent rotors and pads is about $150 for most vehicles unless it’s an uncommon size rotor . Install is super easy on most vehicles.
 

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I change my own brakes. A set of decent rotors and pads is about $150 for most vehicles unless it’s an uncommon size rotor . Install is super easy on most vehicles.
Ditto. I can't justify paying $350 for a job that I can get done in an hour.

Regarding tires, I used a GM credit card that offered cash back at ~2.5%. If used at a GM dealer I got "double" the credit for purchases (e.g. if you had $250 in cash back credits it would double and be worth $500 at the GM dealer). It is "supposed" to be used when buying vehicles, but the fine print says repairs and parts also.

So, when the F350 needed tires I bought Goodyear Wrangler DuraTracs from the local GM dealer and had them installed.

Ended up spending only $500 out of pocket for tires and install that would have been a little over $1100 otherwise.
 

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Brake pads are in San Antonio for delivery tomorrow as we speak. I'll be asking for a refund when I take them into Os tomorrow afternoon. And put my $180 in my pocket and get my head out of my ass on this project. They get sassy I'll tell them to give me a battery a real top of the line battery for the Tundra
 

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I was curious on how much they wanted for an install for a whole set of brake pads and rotors installed for a 2002 F150. I was quoted $1,200. I paid $550 shipped for the set of four plus a large bottle of brake fluid. Still cheaper to do it yourself plus a couple hours.
 

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I was curious on how much they wanted for an install for a whole set of brake pads and rotors installed for a 2002 F150. I was quoted $1,200. I paid $550 shipped for the set of four plus a large bottle of brake fluid. Still cheaper to do it yourself plus a couple hours.
$1200? Was that a local shop, a chain shop, or a Dealership?

You got me thinking, I looked up rotors for 2003 F-150 and WTF they have studs on them, and you have to redo the bearings?

I'm no mechanic but I've replaced the rotors and pads on a 90's Mustang and a 2000's Dodge Durango. The old rotor just pops off, new rotor pops on. No studs attached, no bearings to mess with. Couldn't be easier. WTF is up with the F-150 ?
 

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$1200? Was that a local shop, a chain shop, or a Dealership?

You got me thinking, I looked up rotors for 2003 F-150 and WTF they have studs on them, and you have to redo the bearings?

I'm no mechanic but I've replaced the rotors and pads on a 90's Mustang and a 2000's Dodge Durango. The old rotor just pops off, new rotor pops on. No studs attached, no bearings to mess with. Couldn't be easier. WTF is up with the F-150 ?
No bearings and from a local shop. I live in an area where everything has a 10-20% mark up.
 
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