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I did all four brakes last weekend. Started at 10am and finished at 4pm. Fairly straightforward if you know what you're doing. That said, I didn't paint the calipers. Total parts cost was less than 800.00, which is 2200 less than the job at the nearest dealer, plus I have the satisfaction of knowing I'm helping her purrrrr by being inside her. But I did use two types of cleaner to get the calipers really nice and bright red again. No more squeeky brakes! I say go for it.
 

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I did all four brakes last weekend. Started at 10am and finished at 4pm. Fairly straightforward if you know what you're doing. That said, I didn't paint the calipers. Total parts cost was less than 800.00, which is 2200 less than the job at the nearest dealer, plus I have the satisfaction of knowing I'm helping her purrrrr by being inside her. But I did use two types of cleaner to get the calipers really nice and bright red again. No more squeeky brakes! I say go for it.
Congrats!! :)
 

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Okay, I looked into ordering the brakes and I found multiple vendors with those part numbers. Are they the same? I went to Rock Auto's website, entered 98135140101 and it returned 2 parts. One from PAGID for $108 and one from VNE for $167. Are these exactly the same? Why would different vendors have the same part number?
 

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They are most likely showing you parts that fit the Porsche part number you entered.
 

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I got brakes by independent mechanic and pads and rotors after everything was 1,000 USD for the rear brakes, he told me front are good and dealer wanted to replace all 4 rotors and pads, DO NOT TAKE IT TO THE STEALER. Do it yourself or go to an Indi mechanic same parts half the cost, don't get ripped off.
 

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Is anyone able to tell me if these are good buys? I split the parts between the cheaper of Auto Haus AZ and Pelican Parts.


And I was thinking of skipping the brake pad wear indicator since my brake pad warning light is not on. I'm assuming my indicators are still good. Is that a fair assumption?
 

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And I was thinking of skipping the brake pad wear indicator since my brake pad warning light is not on. I'm assuming my indicators are still good. Is that a fair assumption?
The sensors are good, but the act of removing them often damages one. At least for me. Since all 4 sensors are on 1 circuit, there is nothing to tell you which. Buy inexpensive ones, and replace them.


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Depending on the type of pads you may need to bypass the sensors. Basically not all pads have the brake wear sensor port to plug-in. So you need to short the two wires for the brake sensor and tuck it away nicely.
 

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Depending on the type of pads you may need to bypass the sensors. Basically not all pads have the brake wear sensor port to plug-in. So you need to short the two wires for the brake sensor and tuck it away nicely.
I linked to the Textar pads above since someone said Porsche uses those and rebrands them. They're the same part number.
 

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I ordered from Pelican Parts last night and they arrived this morning. Man, the box STINKS! It smells like it was packed full of California ocean air, all I can smell is fish. I had the box in my lap going through parts and my cat was trying to climb over my arm to get into the box. My girlfriend complained about the smell so much I had to put it out in the garage until I'm ready to install it.

I didn't order everything, I took a mix of your advice and the advice of a guy a few doors up from me that used to be a Porsche mechanic in Germany. When he looked at my car he could see the front brakes were about 80% gone and surprisingly said the rear brakes are also 90% gone which is a surprise to me since the Porsche dealership marked the rear brakes as green (see first post). So I ordered front Textar pads, rear Textar pads and 4 brake wear indicator wires for $7.50 each.

I didn't get the rotors at the advice of some people here and also my neighbour said I can easily get another set of pads out of the rotors. I also didn't order any of the hardware like bolts and clips because mine have zero rust from being stored all winter. I should be able to reuse them apparently.

I also got a 10% discount at Pelican Parts by entering my PCA membership number as a promotional code!

For the cost of a case of beer he's going to help me install everything this weekend. Total cost was $305 USD for parts and shipping + $28 CAD duties and brokerage + $50 CAD for beer.

I did call Porsche to confirm exactly what the brakes cost would be and they said the prices went up in January. The new price for just the fronts would be $1285 for parts and $336 for labour.
 

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Expensive beer! But every time you do your brakes you know you are saving $300!


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Weather is almost warm enough. Do I need a torque wrench for this or is that more of a suggestion?
 
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