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Service in Houston besides the SC

aptekcom

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Dec 5, 2017
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Houston
I need to get some brake work (warped rotors) and an alignment done on my 2017 S. I know I can go to the service center, but they are outrageously expensive, so I wanted to ask if anyone has used an independent mechanic or shop that is familiar with Tesla's around Houston. Most places that I call immediately say no once I mention it is a Tesla.

Side question regarding the warped brake rotors, do I need to replace the pads at the same time? I have about 50K miles, but hardly use the brakes, so I assume the pads are in good condition.

Thanks.
 

2101Guy

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Jan 6, 2020
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First question: What is the issue(s) you are experiencing that leads you to the conclusion of rotors being warped? At 50k miles and "hardly using brakes", would be a bit unusual for rotors to be warped.

But to answer your question, Tesla brakes are no different from any other car. Pads, rotors, calipers.
 

aptekcom

Member
Dec 5, 2017
35
11
Houston
First question: What is the issue(s) you are experiencing that leads you to the conclusion of rotors being warped? At 50k miles and "hardly using brakes", would be a bit unusual for rotors to be warped.

But to answer your question, Tesla brakes are no different from any other car. Pads, rotors, calipers.
The whole car vibrates when slowing down from 60 if I need to use the brakes. It is hard for me to tell whether it is the front or rear rotors, although I think it may be rear because I had the fronts turned by Brake Check about 1 year ago. Yes, the steering wheel shakes as well, which tells me it could be the front rotors, which is why I asked about the pads needing to be replaced or not when turning or replacing the rotors. As long as I don't need the brakes, there is no shaking.
 

Huachipato

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Jul 16, 2019
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Murphy, TX
Brakes are pretty much an off the shelf Brembo setup. At least on my '15 it was. I bought the pads from Brembo's site and rotors from Tirerack and then took it to my local mechanic to do the work for me. It think parts and labor was a little less than $500 for just the fronts. I just had to call a few shops to line everything up beforehand. But I bet your old go to mechanic (if you had one) might be willing to do the work.
 

aptekcom

Member
Dec 5, 2017
35
11
Houston
Brakes are pretty much an off the shelf Brembo setup. At least on my '15 it was. I bought the pads from Brembo's site and rotors from Tirerack and then took it to my local mechanic to do the work for me. It think parts and labor was a little less than $500 for just the fronts. I just had to call a few shops to line everything up beforehand. But I bet your old go to mechanic (if you had one) might be willing to do the work.
Great suggestion on TireRack for the parts. I had no idea they sold brakes. Now, for the trusty mechanic...I don't have one...and the few referrals that I have called will not work on Tesla.
 

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