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I dropped off my 2008 Outback (90,000 miles) at a local shop today; had new tires put on last week and the guys at that place said I needed new rear breaks, $400.

Well, got the estimate from the shop today, over $1300!! They want to replace all four calipers, in addition to the usual rotors and pads.

Anyone else ever had to replace all four calipers at the same time?? I think these guys are full of crap. Called another shop, and they quoted me $440 for front and rear rotors and pads.

Any input greatly appreciated!

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-DJ
 

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LOL I've heard about this. Some shops are swapping out OEM calipers for high core values - and putting on cheap knock off calipers that lack any sort of rust prevention coatings and within a year or so your new elcheap O calipers are rusted up.

Brakes are crazy stupid easy takes me 30 minutes to do the rears with the car sitting in the driveway. Same goes for my trucks. Pads are like $60 if you need rotors its like $150 for totally new OEM rotors.

Say no thanks and find a new shop and tell them what you want. When you walk in and say I need brakes its like opening up your Wallet and saying here take as much as you feel like charging me for stuff I may actually not need.
 

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They are trying to screw you over big time. It's not likely you need anything caliper-related at that mileage and even if you did you could rebuild them with a few kits from rockauto for ~$2.50 each.

From the sound of it I would recommend never going back to that shop, their tactics seem extremely suspect.

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It's possible the calipers are corroded and leaking, but not real likely. If the car were 15 years old, I would say install rebuilt ones, not new.

I suggest you have two other shops LOOK at your brakes and give you quotes. Phone quotes are no good since there may be an unusual problem.

Make sure the quote includes a full fluid flush.

I like OEM pads and hardware, but the NAPA Ultra Premium rotors are pretty darn impressive.

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Les Schwab is notorious for this practice. When doing a brake job they only do it with replacing the calipers also(rebuilt) and cheap pads. I would not want this so I didnt go through them ,point is whats going to gaurantee that the rebuilt calipers are any good and will not fail in a certain period of time. I know they come with a warranty but the who has time for warranty work and how often. If the calipers are not leaking, sticking there good.
 
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