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Old 03-30-2010, 03:01 PM
 
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You know, the best time to do brake work is before you have a problem.

You're going to get a lot of people on here telling you you're getting ripped off but the truth is, who knows if you need brakes without actually inspecting them?

Your best shot is to ask your friends and neighbors to recommend a shop you can trust and get a second opinion.

And yes, it's entirely possible your brake shoes are worn out.
Yep. Go to the mechanic that doesn't have to advertise cheap oil change specials in order to get business.
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Old 03-30-2010, 04:09 PM
 
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One thing you guys need to remember is that there's a whole lot of really good unemployed techs (think dealer closures and the like) out there that have taken jobs at tire, muffler and quick-lube places just to be working and to have a paycheck.

Sure there are some idiots out there (just as there are on here) but you can't throw a blanket over the entire industry and say everyone who works at these places is a moron that doesn't know what he's doing.

Sorry about the rant
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Old 03-30-2010, 04:15 PM
 
Location: The cupboard under the sink
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This is true, but sometimes with the big chains, what you have is "salesmen with dirty hands".

At least in the UK, these guys are paid a commision on what they sell you, so it's in their interest to tout for extra work.

Over here, we have tales of shocks being sprayed with WD40 to look like they're leaking.
CV boots being ripped, little things like that.
I'm guessing it's the same over there ?

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One thing you guys need to remember is that there's a whole lot of really good unemployed techs (think dealer closures and the like) out there that have taken jobs at tire, muffler and quick-lube places just to be working and to have a paycheck.

Sure there are some idiots out there (just as there are on here) but you can't throw a blanket over the entire industry and say everyone who works at these places is a moron that doesn't know what he's doing.

Sorry about the rant
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Old 03-30-2010, 04:17 PM
 
Location: Eastern Washington
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One thing you guys need to remember is that there's a whole lot of really good unemployed techs (think dealer closures and the like) out there that have taken jobs at tire, muffler and quick-lube places just to be working and to have a paycheck.

Sure there are some idiots out there (just as there are on here) but you can't throw a blanket over the entire industry and say everyone who works at these places is a moron that doesn't know what he's doing.

Sorry about the rant
That's not a rant, it's a good point.

How would you recognize such people?

It's true that some good mechanics can be found working at chain tire stores, the problem with these places is IMHO the MANAGEMENT, who push "up-sells" and just general nonsense, and their attention to price and speed of delivery, like Micky D's, where quality not only takes a back seat but has to ride on a skateboard hanging on to the bumper...
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Old 03-31-2010, 07:24 AM
 
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That's not a rant, it's a good point.

How would you recognize such people?

It's true that some good mechanics can be found working at chain tire stores, the problem with these places is IMHO the MANAGEMENT, who push "up-sells" and just general nonsense, and their attention to price and speed of delivery, like Micky D's, where quality not only takes a back seat but has to ride on a skateboard hanging on to the bumper...
Word of mouth is the most reliable way to find a good tech. Neighbors, friends, relatives, co-workers, etc. If the shop is always busy is another good sign. To me it's like going out to eat. If the parking lot is mostly empty, avoid it. If the parking lot is always full, they must be doing something right.

Check out qualifications and certifications. A wall full of plaques doesn't necessarily mean they're experts but it does show they at least care enough to take the time to keep up. Don't be afraid to ask questions.
If they're good people they'll be more than willing to answer any question you may have.

About the management...that's out of my hands. I believe that anyone with any integrity would not work for that type of place. I've found myself in that situation a few times over the years and it didn't take long to pack it in and move on.
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Old 03-31-2010, 11:29 AM
 
Location: The cupboard under the sink
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It's very rare I'll go to a garage, because I don't trust anyone to work on my car except me.

However, on rare occasions when I do, if I phone a place, and they say "yeah, just drop it round now", I'll never go.
I'll always go to the place who says "well, we're real busy, but we could fit you in on Tuesday".
The busier the place, normally the better the reputation.

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If the shop is always busy is another good sign. To me it's like going out to eat. If the parking lot is mostly empty, avoid it. If the parking lot is always full, they must be doing something right.
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Old 03-03-2018, 08:05 AM
 
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We have a 2006 Chevy Colorado... Needed new tires, and the guy said, guess what you also need new drum brakes and pads. The vehicle is over 60K miles and we aren't surprised about the pads needing replaced, but is it normal for the drums? Obviously we are going for a different opinion, but what is weird is that the brakes aren't showing any sign of any problems... at all.

Thanks guys!!
From the driver's seat it is usually impossible to tell if the brake shoes are .001 inches of lining left or .20.

Don in Austin
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Old 03-03-2018, 08:08 AM
 
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Yep. Go to the mechanic that doesn't have to advertise cheap oil change specials in order to get business.
Truer words were never spoken. Oil changes are grossly under-priced and every loser shop wants to generate traffic by driving the prices even lower.

Don in Austin
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Old 03-03-2018, 08:24 AM
 
Location: Keosauqua, Iowa
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From the driver's seat it is usually impossible to tell if the brake shoes are .001 inches of lining left or .20.

Don in Austin
Thanks for digging up an eight year old thread to share this.
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Old 03-07-2018, 03:46 PM
 
Location: Eastern Washington
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Thanks for digging up an eight year old thread to share this.
Well, brakes have not changed much in the last 8 years. Nor have chain tire shops, with their irritating "up-sell" crap.
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