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Recommendation for shop to do Brakes San Jose - Palo Alto

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I started typing this before Orient Express chimed in, but I was going to say that it depends on what you really need.  If the pads are worn out, just DIY as Orient Express suggests. One of the easiest-ever tasks to do on your car - even easier than changing the oil. Now, if you needed new or resurfaced rotors, or you have leaking calipers, etc., it gets a bit more involved and costly.


Dealers (and most shops) only do brake jobs one way - the full monte in order to avoid any liability issues.  If you told them to only replace the pads, and then 1000 miles later a caliper leaks, you either scream at them for screwing up in the first place, or worse, you have an accident and the lawyers start crucifying them for only doing 1/2 a job on such an important safety component.


Seriously, if you want it done at a great price, do it yourself.  Even if you've never wrenched before, it's a great learning activity, and even if you mess up, it's not going to be that big of a deal to correct.

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