It helps to have some insight when it comes to getting work done on your car. If it is a brake repair job you need, it can be confusing to understand all of the terms used to describe various parts. How will you know if you are being charged a fair price if you do not know the difference between a rotor and a drum?
To keep as much money in your pocket as possible when you take your automobile to a mechanic shop, get your education. It takes a short period of time to learn about the relevant parts of the brake system. If you have no one to teach you, turn to the Internet for help. Disc brake assembly involves the calipers, pads and rotors. The drum brake assembly includes the drums, wheel cylinders and shoes. There are brake hoses and a master cylinder to get acquainted with as well.
Most of the time, a brake repair is about replacing the linings, which is to say, the pads or the shoes, or both. It can also be about resurfacing the drums, rotors or both, and introducing new fluid into the system. The system may have to be bled as required. This keeps the brake firm and working properly. The mechanic will also examine the system to see if there are any worn components that need to be replaced.
Repairing or resurfacing parts is often cheaper than replacing them. However, there may be instances when the replacement of parts is necessary due to safety reasons of the component is beyond repair. Drums and rotors can sometimes be resurfaced as opposed to replaced with new ones. Failed calipers may need to be rebuilt or replaced all together. The same thing can be said for the master cylinder or the wheel cylinders.
It is always good to ask questions when you are presented with an estimate for brake repair work. As a general rule to follow, if you are told that more work needs to be done above and beyond replacing brake pads or shoes or resurfacing drums or rotors, ask for reasons and ask to see evidence that substantiates this claim. You may be talking to the most honest mechanic around who takes pride in his work but you need to protect yourself.
If you are told that your car needs work and you do not feel comfortable about what you are being told, ask for a second opinion from another mechanic at the facility or take your vehicle to a different establishment entirely. If you have concerns that are not being addressed in one location, you have the right to go elsewhere. If you are happy with the estimate or quote, stay put.
You can purchase generic pads for your car but since they are generic, the one size fits all approach may not work for every vehicle. They will be safe to drive with but may give way to some noise. To avoid this from occurring, purchase factory made pads that are specifically designed for the model of automobile that you own.