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Old 12-09-2012, 04:00 PM
 
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so my car (2006 mazda 6) has around 92k miles on it and needs a lot of normal service, such as tires and brakes. I was quoted $1150 for all of the services. I have 40% front and 20% rear brakes and about 30% tire tread left. Is there anywhere else to do these services besides the dealer for cheaper? also does anyone have advice on why I hear squeaks coming from the car when I go over bumps? The dealer recommended for me to do these services now but I need to get more money first
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Old 12-09-2012, 04:20 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, 615' Elevation, Zone 8b - originally from SF Bay Area
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I see no reason to do brakes or tires with those percentages. Sqeaks over bumps are normally caused by bad shock absorbers/struts. With 20% on rear brakes, which do not wear as fast as the fronts you may have another 40,000 miles on them. Most tire shops that also do repairs will charge less than a dealership. For that vehicle you can get tires on sale for about $80-125 each. I recently had my front brakes done for about $230 and that included rotors because I had metal-on-metal, and that was a larger vehicle than yours.
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Old 12-09-2012, 04:40 PM
 
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so my car (2006 mazda 6) has around 92k miles on it and needs a lot of normal service, such as tires and brakes. I was quoted $1150 for all of the services. I have 40% front and 20% rear brakes and about 30% tire tread left. Is there anywhere else to do these services besides the dealer for cheaper? also does anyone have advice on why I hear squeaks coming from the car when I go over bumps? The dealer recommended for me to do these services now but I need to get more money first
A dealership is going to be THE most expensive place to get this routine maintenance done.

Also, please be aware that when you say you have 40% tread on your front tires, that's almost half! There's no more reason to replace tires with that much tread, then there is to throw away half gallon of every gallon of milk you buy.

Find a reputable tire shop - one that doesn't have to advertise a lot, but has an excellent word of mouth reputation. THAT is where you want to get your tires. And chances are, they'll service your brakes.

Unless this car has weird-sized tires, you should easily be able to replace the entire set for about $500. And you should easily be able to have your brake pads replaced for less than $200. Do NOT buy the lie that says you automatically need to replace your rear brakes.
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Old 12-09-2012, 04:41 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, Tx
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If all you need is normal brake work and tires, the last place I would go is the dealer. While not everyone can do this themselves you should know that front brake pads (I assumed a Mazda 6 V6) are $26 and rear pads are $20. You shouldnt need rotor turning or anything. You should just need new pads. Tires shouldnt be more than $100 each. You can find a mom and pop to install them for about $25. You can also find the same mom and pop to install the brakes. Just bring them the parts.
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Old 12-09-2012, 04:45 PM
 
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If all you need is normal brake work and tires, the last place I would go is the dealer. While not everyone can do this themselves you should know that front brake pads (I assumed a Mazda 6 V6) are $26 and rear pads are $20. You shouldnt need rotor turning or anything. You should just need new pads. Tires shouldnt be more than $100 each. You can find a mom and pop to install them for about $25. You can also find the same mom and pop to install the brakes. Just bring them the parts.
Beat ya to it - by about 10 seconds.
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Old 12-09-2012, 09:17 PM
 
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It's called Haynes or Chilton repair manual and basic set of tools. Ramps and jack stand. Total investment about $200 and some bruised knuckles for rookie.
Lifetime brake pads will run about $80 all four.
Buy tires from a Mexican place. Plenty of those around any major junkyards.
Or, buy them on craigslist. We had sets bought, with about 200 miles on them, for $100. I once had barely worn set for my Ranger - for free.
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Old 12-09-2012, 09:27 PM
 
Location: Poway, CA
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Have your front brakes been done before? I only ask because vehicles generally wear out fronts much faster than rears, so having less material left on the fronts than the rears is odd.

Mike
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Old 12-09-2012, 09:39 PM
 
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Besides everywhere that does service work, no, there isn't a less expensive place than the dealer to have the work done.



When you actually need this work (I agree with those who say it's not time yet, but start looking) find a local shop with good reviews.
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Old 12-09-2012, 09:47 PM
 
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If all you need is normal brake work and tires, the last place I would go is the dealer. While not everyone can do this themselves you should know that front brake pads (I assumed a Mazda 6 V6) are $26 and rear pads are $20. You shouldnt need rotor turning or anything. You should just need new pads. Tires shouldnt be more than $100 each. You can find a mom and pop to install them for about $25. You can also find the same mom and pop to install the brakes. Just bring them the parts.
I wouldn't consider a brake job complete without turning the rotors. Without exception, every time I've changed pads or had them changed, the rotors were some combination of unevenly worn or grooved. Not turning them just shortens the useful life of the new pads.

Mounting and road force balancing runs between $15 and $20, here, per tire. Some shops will do that if the tires were bought elsewhere, but a few months ago when I called a few shops about brake work, none of them would install parts they didn't sell. I even specified Hawk pads, which are the best known aftermarket pads for my car.
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Old 12-10-2012, 10:20 AM
 
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Don't need to do those services yet. I would guess with 40% front brakes and 20% rear the fronts were changed once and maybe the rears never? Or possibly the rears once and fronts twice. Either could be about right. It is not necessary to do brakes on both front and rear at once unless they happen to be both worn out at once. You will have to keep a closer eye on things for a while, perhaps, but pushing you to do services earlier than necessary is a common tactic at dealer. With the brakes, it can eventually do damage that will make the brake job cost more if you let it go too long (i.e. groove the rotors so bad that you'd need to replace them rather than resurface), so you do have to keep an eye on them. But I certainly wouldn't get any of this done now.

Depending upon your driving habits 20% rear brakes could still go for months. It's hard to say for sure in time or distance because we don't know 20% from when. If it's really 20% left from original, with 92k miles, then in theory they could have as much as 20k more miles to go! It's a tricky measurement for everything else, tires are probably the second set or possibly even the third if the originals wore poorly, but I'd have to think even with some heavy driving you're likely to have a few months before truly needing any of these things. If you are driving in the snow, you may find traction to be a problem as you get closer to the end of life on the tires.

A number of things could squeak over bumps, from interior parts to the coil springs at the wheel to the shock absorbers/struts to other parts of the suspension to exhaust parts rattling around. I was once worried about a squeak that I ultimately tracked down to being within the driver's seat. Funny, I can't remember if it's still doing it, but it's definitely coming from the seat. Another time it was a simple metal shield for the exhaust that was rattling with a high-pitched almost squeal-like sound. Anyway, this can be tricky to track down and is also somewhat ripe to be taken advantage of, so it might be useful to enlist some help and see if you can narrow the source of the squeak down a little more.
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