How long does a brake job take?

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asked Oct 6, 2020 in Repairs/Maintenance by Gazpacho (3,090 points)
How long does a brake job take?

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answered Oct 6, 2020 by Shelde (44,120 points)
A complete brake job to replace all the brake pads or brake shoes should take around 1 hour to 2 hours depending on what needs done.

If you need your brake calipers replaced, brake hoses replaced and your brake pads and brake shoes replaced then it will take longer.

But to simply replace your brake pads it should take about 30 minutes to 1 hour per axle depending on how busy the shop is.

Expect it to take at least 2 hours for the brakes to be fixed and the brake pads and brake shoes to be replaced.

Sometimes your brakes also need to be bled off to get rid of any air that can be trapped in the brake lines from compressing the brake calipers when replacing the brake pads.

I replace my own brake pads and brake shoes and it takes me about 30 minutes for each axle.

Front brake pads should last between 30,000 to 50,000 miles depending on how often you use your brakes.

The more stopping you do with your brakes the faster the brakes will wear out.

If you do a lot of stop and go driving in town then your front brake pads may wear out as soon as 20,000 miles.

But if you do a lot of highway driving and use your brakes not that often then your brake pads will last longer and can last 30,000 to 50,000 miles.

After 20,000 miles it still would be a good idea to inspect both your front and bake brakes to check for how worn down they are.

If they are getting thin then replace them to be safe.

If you hear a scraping sound when braking then the brake pads could be worn down because brake pads have a wear indicator that rubs and scrapes against the brake rotors when the brake pads are worn down.

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