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    Anyone know an honest mechanic. My brakes have been grinding/pulsing lately and the car has 60,000 miles on it so I figure the brakes need a little repair.

    I could envision a scenerio where a repair place suggests that the brakes are in bad shape and it will cost $600 to make them right. Or maybe just an adjustment is needed, new brake pads perhaps - cost $200. The problem is I have no idea and most repair facilities realize that and I think a lot of places will take advantage of people especially when it comes to brakes.

    Besides going to some of the national chains, Midas, Pep Boys and getting two or three opinions, or maybe going to the dealership. Does anyone know of an independent place that does a good job and won't try to sell me more than I really need.

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    Where do you live? If you live in the Castleton area the Car-X there is pretty reliable they even have a coupon out in the Indy Ads where brake repair starts out at $89.95.

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    I live in Carmel - work near 86th and michigan, so would rather find a place near either

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    I live in Carmel - work near 86th and michigan, so would rather find a place near either
    There's a Car-X right there as well (86th and Michigan) right across the street from Aamco Transmission where I'm getting my transmission replaced(hopefully it will be done later today/early tomorrow).

    Not sure if the service is the same like in Castleton but the coupons apply to all of them in the city.

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    If you're getting replacement parts (pads, rotors), just remember that the labor is about the same but that really cheap estimate you'll get from Midas or someone like that is for the low-quality replacement parts that will need to be replaced again, soon.

    So make sure any quotes you get are comparing the same labor and also the same grade of replacement parts. The local repair guy might cost a lot more than the chain, but you may not need to go back as soon.

    I'm going to need new brakes in the next 5000 miles (although that car doesn't get 5000 miles/ year since I usually take the train), so I've been having the same conversation with a few mechanics. I'm hoping I can wait a while, the estimates are in the $800/ range except for the ones with really low-grade parts.

    So you've got to decide how long you're going to keep the car. With only 60,000 miles, its got a lot of life left if you put on the higher-quality brakes. But if you're trading it soon then you might not want to pay that premium.
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    Thanks J. I have no problem paying for quality parts and quality work. I just don't want to have a shop do work that isn't needed.

    I want to have my car for another 5 years or so.

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    Thanks J. I have no problem paying for quality parts and quality work. I just don't want to have a shop do work that isn't needed.
    I had a good mechanic just a couple of blocks from our house that I did trust to do a good job on the work that needed to be done without recommending work that did not need to be done. Unfortunately, pancreatic cancer took him quickly.

    But its hard to find someone like that... certainly the dealers and chains are working hard on the you-don't-really-need-it upsell.
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    My brakes have been grinding/pulsing lately and the car has 60,000 miles on it so I figure the brakes need a little repair.

    I could envision a scenerio where a repair place suggests that the brakes are in bad shape and it will cost $600 to make them right.
    Grinding/pulsating (TWSS !!) usually means the rotors are messed up. 60K miles is about the life for them. You might be a little high on your guess. Maybe you can get by on 400 or so.

    I've always been pleased with work that Bandy's has done for me. Not sure they have a location in your area though. The Car-X mentioned is a decent place too.

    Whatever you do - get them taken care of before you screw up the calipers.

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    Heard very good things about Miller's Auto Service on Rangeline. They seem to be hard to get in to, though.

    I occasionally take my car to Integrity, also on Rangeline. I have no complaints about them.

    Really, disc brakes are pretty easy to do, even if you are swapping the rotors as well. You might want to consider doing it yourself.
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    My dad is at Clark Tire in Carmel. He'd treat you right if you're still looking.

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    Heard very good things about Miller's Auto Service on Rangeline. They seem to be hard to get in to, though.

    I occasionally take my car to Integrity, also on Rangeline. I have no complaints about them.

    Really, disc brakes are pretty easy to do, even if you are swapping the rotors as well. You might want to consider doing it yourself.


    I heard the opposite about Miller's Auto Service.

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    I heard the opposite about Miller's Auto Service.
    Could be. My information is 10 years old or so.
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    My dad is at Clark Tire in Carmel. He'd treat you right if you're still looking.
    Thanks, I am still looking, not decided yet, but will keep that in mind. I might PM you for more details

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    Thanks, I am still looking, not decided yet, but will keep that in mind. I might PM you for more details
    No problem, let me know.

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    Stay away from the Car-X in Castleton. They're overpriced and do shoddy work.

    Sounds like it's the brake pads to me, and maybe the rotors as well. Fortunately, I had a friend with the necessary tools and we did it ourselves. Cost ~$35 for the pads. Car-X was going to charge me ~$200 ($70 for just the pads!).

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    Probably going to Firestone in Carmel. They have some coupons and that is where I had my A/C fixed and some other minor stuff. A figure there is some value in being a regular customer?. Maybe.

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    My dad works up the road on Michigan Road right north of 96th street and he always swore by the Marathon station guys in CP near Drury Inn.

    Don't wait too long to fix the brakes... If the calipers get too close together, the mechanic might not be able to open them up and then have to replace those, which will be pricey. (Went through the process last year.)

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    Re: Castleton Car-X


    Usually do brakes myself.
    Too busy lately.
    Saw the 89.95 ad.
    Wife's rear brakes were screeching.
    Sent her there with coupon figuring the extra $50 was worth it this time.
    They called back in half hour with a $900 dollar estimate to change the freaking brakes.

    Needless to say I changed them myself (the pads were actually still good but for some reason the parking brakes were engaged and just needed to be adjusted) Saved about $850 dollars and Car-X gained this free advertisement.

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    Usually do brakes myself.
    Too busy lately.
    Saw the 89.95 ad.
    Wife's rear brakes were screeching.
    Sent her there with coupon figuring the extra $50 was worth it this time.
    They called back in half hour with a $900 dollar estimate to change the freaking brakes.

    Needless to say I changed them myself (the pads were actually still good but for some reason the parking brakes were engaged and just needed to be adjusted) Saved about $850 dollars and Car-X gained this free advertisement.
    Told 'ya so.

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    I've had good luck with Zionsville Auto Service. They fixed a vacuum hose, checked my fluids and got the air blowing out of the vents on my Pacer for $4. Yes, $4. Very honest guys and have been there forever.

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    I've had good luck with Zionsville Auto Service. They fixed a vacuum hose, checked my fluids and got the air blowing out of the vents on my Pacer for $4. Yes, $4. Very honest guys and have been there forever.
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