That's great that you can do the brakes yourself. Hubs does probably 60% of all the mechanical repairs on our car, but will take it to our (trusted) mechanic for other things. It's really good that hubs has mechanical training (from years ago--had some sort of certification from a community college in Colorado).Interesting, as I was referring to the cars computer/system needing to reset by having to drive it several miles before it “gets it” that all is now OK and the “check engine” light goes off. I haven’t heard of any trouble mechanics have been having with diagnostic equipment.
As you know, I do all of our brakes myself.
I had too many mechanics in years past tell me that my pads were gettin’ thin and should be replaced now/very soon, only to go home and pull the wheels to find out that was a bunch of Bravo Sierra.
I think I posted a little while back that youngest DD was convinced her front brakes were all worn down because of the vibration, yet there was absolutely no grinding noise. I told her it sounded to me like the rotors were warped. Sure ‘nough, when I pulled the wheels she had at least 3/8” left on all 4 pads.
I plopped some new rotors on, problem solved. I suggested she quit diving into stops, ‘cause all that constant back and forth between frictional super heating and cooling is what warps them.
That was a few months or so back, and, so far, I haven’t heard of any more braking vibration.......yet...!!!
And, now that I think about it, I’ve never actually had to have front end work done on a car before...
Also, I haven’t had to pay for a set of brake pads in years, as AutoZone has a lifetime warranty...!!!!!
Funny thing is that sometimes he'll diagnose a problem quicker than our own mechanic can. But hubs will pay him do the work, if it's something that has to be done up on a lift (which we obviously don't have), or if he doesn't have the right tools. There's also a few specific repairs that he just doesn't like to do, so he'll pay the mechanic to do those. But overall, he's saved us thousands of dollars over the years, because he can fix many things himself.
The front end work (late last year) had to do with a (rod?) that was ready to break (or something like that). He let the mechanic do that one, and do the (worn down) brakes at the same time. I will say that the car handled much better after that particular (rod, or whatever it was) replacement. (He had suspected that the car had been in some sort of accident, prior to when we bought it, used.)