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Question DetailsAsked on 4/2/2018

How much should I pay to have the rotors and brake pads replaced on a Kia Sedona

2008 Kia Sedona

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You might get it for the $200-300 range, like at a muffler and brake shop (if you trust them with your brakes - I certainly would not because they are mostly untrained high school kids or dropouts - commonly have minimal or zero auto mechanic certifications).


Probably more in the $300's range at normal auto shop, more like $400-500's at a dealer I would say, for all 4 wheels.


Bear in mind pads and rotors commonly wear differently front and back - if you are a gentle driver who drifts into stops and does not use the brakes heavily, they may wear about the same. Jackrabbit stop and start people commonly go through front brakes in 1/2 to 2/3 the time of the rear ones, so you may not need both ends done at one time. Of course, if significantly worn and you put on a lot of miles maybe worth doing anyway, if you only put on 5000-7000 miles per year not doing partly worn rotors (or even pads) now might get you another several years or more before they need it. For instance, our vehicles get about 80-100,000 miels on a set of pads (SUV/pickups, so thicker pads in first place) and have never had to replace rotors (though did have to get turned once to remove a rock gouge).


Also - commonly (don't know about Kia's) you only replace the rotors every second pad change (even every third if a gentle driver) unless they are rock gouged or warped from hot stops. Not a dramatic difference in labor to do the rotors too at the same time (because just a matter of knocking the rotors off the lug bolts and putting new one on after the calipers are already off for the brake pad change), but adds probably $80-250 to the total cost in parts (depending on whether cheapest after-market rotors to OEM from dealer) to a 4-wheel job cost.


Also, if the rotors are not heavily scored or warped, many types can be turned on a lathe to remove those flaws - though that is not a lot cheaper than new aftermarket ones, but a lot cheaper (if doable) than new OEM ones.

Answered 7 months ago by LCD




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