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Brooklyn
Empire Auto Center
485 Utica Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11203
(718) 756-6050

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Ashers Auto Repair
3901 16th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11218
Phone: (347) 240-7921

Lakewood

Betzalel Brezner 845-558-5547
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Re: Car Repairs Master Thread
« Reply #105 on: February 06, 2017, 12:36:47 PM »
Are you doing the maintenance yourself? If so, I have no advice. You can probably find info on websites devoted to amateur mechanics. Good luck.


If you use a mechanic, find one that you trust. Ask him what you need to do to properly maintain your vehicle. And each time you're there remind him you want to be able to keep it for as long as possible.

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Re: Car Repairs Master Thread
« Reply #106 on: February 06, 2017, 12:48:31 PM »
We just purchased a new Toyota Sienna.
When I was leasing, I did minimum repairs, cheapest oil changes...

Now that is ours I want to maintain it well. What maintenance are necessary and where am I being ripped off?
Things that come to mind

Oil changes - How often is it really needed? Is it necessary to get non-synthetic oil? Do I relly need to get new filters each time and wash/flush the oil tank?

Brakes, Rotors  - How often?

Tires -

What else is needed?
Just follow what is recommended in your manual for oil change. Brakes and tires are as needed and vary based on driving habits.
Air filter and cabin filter also by your manual.
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Re: Car Repairs Master Thread
« Reply #107 on: February 06, 2017, 12:53:47 PM »
Not sure where you are getting your figures from. If you are going to pad slap you completely missed the point I was making which is safety not cost.
standard brake job by any mechanic is change pads, preferably with full ceramic. Flush brake lines, top off fluid when finished and change rotors every other brake job or as needed. If you have a lift, it takes about 15 min. I'm not sure what more you want safety wise in regards to brakes.
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Re: Car Repairs Master Thread
« Reply #108 on: February 06, 2017, 01:18:21 PM »
standard brake job by any mechanic is change pads, preferably with full ceramic. Flush brake lines, top off fluid when finished and change rotors every other brake job or as needed. If you have a lift, it takes about 15 min. I'm not sure what more you want safety wise in regards to brakes.
You are way off base. Over 80% of brake jobs I have done needed rotors (new or turned). Many have had frozen caliper pins. Main thing with any brake job is to clean the calipers so the pads move freely. That takes time. It will take at least 15 minutes to do one wheel let alone all four.
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Re: Car Repairs Master Thread
« Reply #109 on: February 06, 2017, 02:05:44 PM »
You are way off base. Over 80% of brake jobs I have done needed rotors (new or turned). Many have had frozen caliper pins. Main thing with any brake job is to clean the calipers so the pads move freely. That takes time. It will take at least 15 minutes to do one wheel let alone all four.
with good driving habits and no other underlying issues such as bad tires, wheels struts, etc. You should not need rotors that often. I'm not sure if your diagnosing it yourself , in that case you should know this already, or if your mechanic is fleecing you. Also I was comparing a set of tires to a set of brakes. Generally a set us two , front or back. Cleaning calipers should take about 5 min with a good caliper cleaner so 10 min to clean calipers 10 min for swap and drain. Max 25 min for a set. Mind you many mechanics do not clean the calipers unless they see significant build up or rust.
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Re: Car Repairs Master Thread
« Reply #110 on: February 06, 2017, 03:30:04 PM »
with good driving habits and no other underlying issues such as bad tires, wheels struts, etc. You should not need rotors that often. I'm not sure if your diagnosing it yourself , in that case you should know this already, or if your mechanic is fleecing you. Also I was comparing a set of tires to a set of brakes. Generally a set us two , front or back. Cleaning calipers should take about 5 min with a good caliper cleaner so 10 min to clean calipers 10 min for swap and drain. Max 25 min for a set. Mind you many mechanics do not clean the calipers unless they see significant build up or rust.
Have you ever done any brakes yourself? Most people bring there cars to me when they here a noise. You want to guess what that noise is 99% of the time? Any mechanic that doesn't clean the caliper is a hack.
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Re: Car Repairs Master Thread
« Reply #111 on: February 06, 2017, 04:25:59 PM »
Have you ever done any brakes yourself? Most people bring there cars to me when they here a noise. You want to guess what that noise is 99% of the time? Any mechanic that doesn't clean the caliper is a hack.
quite a few times all I'm saying is that mounting a tire is more laborer intensive than brakes and rotors. The main cost of tires is parts while the main cost of a brake job is labor
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Re: Car Repairs Master Thread
« Reply #112 on: February 06, 2017, 04:37:55 PM »
quite a few times all I'm saying is that mounting a tire is more laborer intensive than brakes and rotors.
You have to take the tire off and put back on for both jobs. I will bet the house I can get the new tire on the rim and balanced before you change the pads and rotors.
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Re: Car Repairs Master Thread
« Reply #113 on: February 06, 2017, 04:51:56 PM »
You have to take the tire off and put back on for both jobs. I will bet the house I can get the new tire on the rim and balanced before you change the pads and rotors.
I doubt that. But that's just based off watching the tire shops. I've never mounted tires but I've done plenty of brake jobs
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Re: Car Repairs Master Thread
« Reply #114 on: February 08, 2017, 04:22:28 PM »
I have done breaks on my cars but sometimes it is really hard to take the rotors off and i don't want to brake anything. I usually bring the parts to my mechanic for them to finish. They only charge me for the labor and not the parts after. Just taking the tires off is the easy part.

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Re: Car Repairs Master Thread
« Reply #115 on: February 08, 2017, 04:33:52 PM »
I have done breaks on my cars but sometimes it is really hard to take the rotors off and i don't want to brake anything. I usually bring the parts to my mechanic for them to finish. They only charge me for the labor and not the parts after. Just taking the tires off is the easy part.
If the rotors are stuck hit them with a hammer on the front side towards the middle. Don't hit on the back or where the pads touch the rotor.
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Re: Car Repairs Master Thread
« Reply #116 on: February 09, 2017, 08:45:26 AM »
more like i couldn't get the bolts off behind the caliper, i even bought a torque wrench and my whole car was shaking when i was forcing it. I bought a jack and stands as well. My other car was much easier and I was able to do it.

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Re: Car Repairs Master Thread
« Reply #117 on: February 09, 2017, 09:05:59 AM »
more like i couldn't get the bolts off behind the caliper, i even bought a torque wrench and my whole car was shaking when i was forcing it. I bought a jack and stands as well. My other car was much easier and I was able to do it.
got to be extra careful with those you can crack them if you apply to much force.
Is the vehicle by any chance a Toyota? They seem to attract a whole lot more rust than other vehicles in that area
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Re: Car Repairs Master Thread
« Reply #118 on: February 09, 2017, 09:36:05 AM »
Was actually an Odyssey with about 40 k miles, i'm thinking once the mechanic loosened it up I'll be able to do it myself next time. My camry and accord were easier.

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Re: Car Repairs Master Thread
« Reply #119 on: February 09, 2017, 05:00:38 PM »
more like i couldn't get the bolts off behind the caliper, i even bought a torque wrench and my whole car was shaking when i was forcing it. I bought a jack and stands as well. My other car was much easier and I was able to do it.
This a problem. Don't use a torque wrench to remove bolts. Use a 6 point (not 12) socket with a breaker bar. Give it a quick hit with a hammer to try and break it loose. I assume no room for an impact wrench? You can also spray with penetrating oil and let sit before trying.
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