Generally the procedure is spray it with liquid wrench or WD40 and then to squarely and firmly hit the end of the bolt with a 3-5 lb sledge hammer. Then use a 5 point only socket with at least a 12inch breaker bar firmly on the bolt. 99% this works.Just to mention one thing on the DIY route. Caliper bolts and rotor screws are one thing but the caliper carrier bolts can be difficult on an older vehicle, particularly in the salt-zones. I'm not saying they are insurmountable, but they can add an additional layer of difficulty to what seems to be a simple job.
$300-500 for parts (depending on what is needed) and about the same in labour.Hello,
What would be an acceptable cost to replace brake pads and rotors on all 4 wheels? Nothing facying just OEM parts.
AAA is asking for $800 but I don't have yet another quote to compare.
If rotors can be turned, turn them. If they can't be turned, replace them.They informed me that re-surfacing the rotors is not an option. I never had to re-surface rotors on any car that I owned but they say they recommend do it together with the pads.
Do you replace rotors every time you replace pads?
Rotors have a minimum thickness spec that is shown in a service manual (which I don't have). If they can be resurfaced and not go be low the minimum thickness, then turning is a good option. As noted above, current brake rotors are often made as thin and light as possible to save weight, thus leaving little material to be able to remove in a resurfacing and stay above the minimum.If rotors can be turned, turn them. If they can't be turned, replace them.
Correct. That is what I said, right? LOLRotors have a minimum thickness spec that is shown in a service manual (which I don't have). If they can be resurfaced and not go be low the minimum thickness, then turning is a good option. As noted above, current brake rotors are often made as thin and light as possible to save weight, thus leaving little material to be able to remove in a resurfacing and stay above the minimum.
Rotors are a wear item. At some point they'll need to be renewed. The minimum thickness is the limit.
4 new rotors: $300.Not worth it to spend the time or the money to turn rotors today.
Um rotors can be had for as little as $30 a piece. No idea where you are shopping but go check rockauto.com and see for yourself. $10 to turn a rotor was 15 years ago pricing lol. Like I said, $250 all in brand new everything.4 new rotors: $300.
4 rotors turned to be as good as new: $40
If pissing away $260 for absolutely no reason whatsoever is good with you, then knock yourself out.
For most people who ain't got it like that, we'll save that $260 all day, every day.
Yeah, garbage rotors made out of Chinesium are that cheap.Um rotors can be had for as little as $30 a piece. No idea where you are shopping but go check rockauto.com and see for yourself. Like I said, $250 all in brand new everything.
Uh no, they are brand name and warranted as such. You think all parts on your Mazda are made in Japan? Try again. Open your hood and look around. China parts stamped on many items. First gen Mazdas...yup all Ford and yup parts made everywhere. The only thing that is a major contributing factor to a Japanese brand quality is a product actually being assembled in Japan. Parts come from all over the world. That is where Major companies have quality control standards and implement checks at factories where they are produced. Most everything today is made in a place other than where you live. It all depends on the brand. OEM doesn't necessarily mean better and certainly nowhere near worth the price they try to hock it for thinking people are stupid, but you do you.Yeah, garbage rotors made out of Chinesium are that cheap.
And even then, you are comparing $120 for trash Chinese rotors to $40 for OEM Mazda rotors. I'll take original Mazda parts at 1/3rd the price of literal garbage any day of the week.
I am unable to determine who the OEM manufacturer is for the Mazda parts
However, I don't really see the point of drilled, slotted, or cryogenically treated rotors on these vehicles.
A shop will charge $20 to turn a rotor or so these days.
All in all, I'd just spend the extra $80 on new Centrics to save the time and have all new parts, but that's me.
That's actually a pretty damned good idea!Another option is to buy new rotors and put them on. Take the old ones to be resurfaced (if they can be) then keep them for the next time you need rotors. I did this with my last ride, and when I swapped the winter tires, I swapped rotors too.