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Old 06-20-2011, 02:20 PM   #1
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Repair estimate???

I have a 1987 Sunsport Gulfstream RV. I brought it to a garage because the rear brakes need to be done. The guy my husband spoke to said it would be about a 5 and a half hour job due to the time it would take to remove the parts? Does this seem reasonable or not?? From what I was told, I was looking at over $1100.00 in repair costs with labor?? I hope someone cam answer this quickly as the RV is in repair shop as I am typing!! Thanks!! Tracy

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Old 06-20-2011, 02:38 PM   #2
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get another estimate elsewhere is what I would do.

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It seems to me that 5.5 hours to change just the rear brakes is excessive and $1100 is ridiculous. I would find another garage and get another estimate.
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Thanks for the reply. He gave my husband some reasoning about the way the axle has to be removed?
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Get another estimate or two. It may be a fair price, but how can you know without checking elsewhere?
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Old 06-20-2011, 03:28 PM   #6
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1100 for rear brakes is outragious
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Old 06-20-2011, 03:40 PM   #7
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Depends on if it's just a standard "Brake Job" or if he's replacing calipers and rotors as well.

That said: I do agree with those recommending a 2nd opinion.

If you are in Michigan Thumb area I know a "young lady" (ok so she's not all that young but she was once) who charges 75/hr and works where you are parked..

Now, most other areas.. Have someone very much like her.. Different rates, but they come to you saving you the sit around.
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Old 06-20-2011, 03:59 PM   #8
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Well unsure about your rig, but when I was seeking the cost for my 83 Pace Arrow from Pete's Road Service, I got this: [of course it is at their shop]

The basic brake job for the front and rear brakes is about $350. There are a lot of if's but that price includes sime metallic pads, new front wheels seals and all labor including resurfacing all rotors

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Old 06-20-2011, 04:57 PM   #9
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Depends on if it's just a standard "Brake Job" or if he's replacing calipers and rotors as well.
That said: I do agree with those recommending a 2nd opinion.
I see NO way $1100 is reasonalbe even if he is replacing all moving parts in the rear brakes. Just NO WAY in my mind.
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Old 06-20-2011, 05:58 PM   #10
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tracy i always travel with too many tools question is has hub done brake jobs him self if so i can walk you through process yes you pull the axcels then the hubs il guess 5 hours is right but if you are to hire some one about $80 for brake shoes $30 for wheel cylinder for rear . now when i worked in a garage there was a 40 percent mark up that being said $20 12 ton bottle jack, $30 2 6 ton jack stands and i see it costing you $200 if needed PM me ill give you my cell
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Having to remove the axle shaft is simply a scare tactic. That is no harder than removing the rim and wheel off the axle. You have to jcak the unit up to remove them anyway. Should be something like 8 bolts in the center of the wheel hub to undo then pull the axle out. This is a picture of an older Dodge but the Chevy would be something simular:

Usually you do not leave the rim/wheel on when you remove the axle. You have to remove the axle to access/remove the adjusting nut so you can pull the drum off.

This is an older Dodge but Chevy would be simular.

Bottom line even with a labor charge of $125/hour it is not a $1100 job.


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