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      05-22-2020, 09:22 PM   #1
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Shop timing predicament

Because I can feel severe undulations / pulsations from my front axle brakes and after the stealership informed me that it would cost $1100 pre-tax for just the front axle I've decided on settling on going to an independent BMW repair show to ask for a quote on their prices.

However, after looking at many independent BMW repair shops and their shop hours in my area they are all on the weekdays M-F, 8:00AM - 5:00PM or if not 8:30AM - 5:30PM, and all closed on the weekend.

I will be working from 9:00AM to 5:00PM at my new job also from M-F, and only have this one car. How do I work around this? The shop(s) I'm interested in trying are pretty much an hour away from where I work, and I live 5-10 minutes away from work (via walking).

What is the work around for a scenario like this? Drop off the car one in advance of the appointment after hours? Pickup a rental and drive back home? Uber/Lyft while wearing full Tyvek suit?

In your own experience what do you recommend as the best solution for something like this?

Thank you all for your time and comments!
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      05-22-2020, 09:29 PM   #2
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Drop it off, uber to a rental. Once car is fixed return rental and uber to shop. Maybe schedule a drop off since their hours are similar to yours, i'm sure they'll work with you.
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      05-22-2020, 10:03 PM   #3

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If Uber/Lfyt isn't crazy expensive, I'd just do that instead of the hassle and expense of a rental. Drop it off the night before, pick it up the next evening.

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      05-24-2020, 06:10 AM   #4
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So it sounds like the dealer wants to replace your front pads and rotors, is that right?

I haven't done mine yet, but if that's it, you can do that yourself for maybe $300 in parts and $100 (plus or minus) in tools, and maybe 5-6 hours of sweating and cussing trying to understand diys.

Brakes are simple to work on since they're so important and probably because every shop has some idiot working on cars.

Also, usually brake pads can last two sets of rotors, but yours 'may' be done...maybe not?

Read up on 'warping rotors'--it's 'usually' not warping, but residue build up on rotor from the pads sitting on them when they're hot...and when braking, you feel the pad grab and slip, grap and slip. Could be 'just' that. If so, could be 'bedding' might help.

Does the pulsing seem to stop when you brake hard?

Also, of course, check that things are tight.

But if you take to a shop, if you find a local one, they'll drive you home, or Uber works fine too if they don't offer to take you home.
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      05-26-2020, 11:47 AM   #5
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Brakes are a very easy DIY. You just need a jack/jack stand, a 17mm for getting your wheels off. It's two bolts to get the caliper off and two more for the caliper carrier. Then one torx bolt holding the rotor on. $1100 is ludicrous.
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