Front Brakes on dodge

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by jeffyr, Sep 29, 2002.

  1. jeffyr

    jeffyr LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 876

    Does anybody know a ballpark on how much new front brakes on a dodge 1500 with new rotors would run ? I have never had rotors replaced and I want to be able to keep a straight face when I am told:eek: .

    I was guessing $400-450 with labor...but what the heck do I know.
    Am I way off ?


  2. MTS2357

    MTS2357 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 21

    As an Autoparts Counterperson I need to know,

    1) Year
    2) Make=Dodge
    3) Model=1500
    4) 2x4 or 4x4
    4) Brand name parts or "white box"

    IMHO parts for Dodge trucks are more expensive than Chevys or Fords.
  3. jeffyr

    jeffyr LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 876

    My mistake

    1996 Dodge 1500 4x4 and new brand name parts from auto parts store(not Mopar).
  4. thelawnguy

    thelawnguy LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,411

    Do you really need rotors? Have the ones on your truck been turned past the reject measurement? Are the brakes pulsing or oscillating? If it stops fine and just the pads are worn let em be.
  5. AltaLawnCare

    AltaLawnCare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 961

    I had the front rotors turned and new pads put on the '98 1500 I owned at 40,000. The brakes were never right! A brake shop did it for , under $200, I think, cant remeber now. They told me the 1500s were plagued with brake problems because of a bad design.
    When I drove the 2500 I own now, I couldn't believe teh difference in stopping power, and brake pedal feel from the 1500.
  6. jeffyr

    jeffyr LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 876

    I figured on new rotors just because the passenger side was beyond worn and the rivets started to cut a groove, but I did catch it right away.

    They were able to cut the rotors. The parts and labor including the front with cutting and cleaning/adjusting the rears (he roughs the rear drums with a wire wheel on a grinder ) was just under $200 with tax. It seems to be stopping better than before, which is nothing to brag about as Alta said.

    The pads were replced with Bendix brand pads. Can I expect the same wear from these or will I be in for a job in another 10,000 miles ? They were going to replace with extreme duty, but the only pair the parts place had were damaged and I needed the truck back so standard issue went back on.

    Thanks for the responses.


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