Your Chevy’s brakes are squealing and you’re wondering how much it will cost to replace them. Before you go shopping on the AutoZone App, there are a few considerations to be made. Learn more about your brakes and their operation to better understand the costs involved.

How Do Your Brakes Work?

The style of brake in most modern vehicles is called a disc brake because there is a disc or rotor attached to your wheel. The pad itself is a hard semi-metallic or ceramic block that grabs the rotor. The friction created when it is pressed against the disc slows down the vehicle.

This friction also wears down the brake pad. After around 40,000-60,000 miles, it needs to be replaced. If you don’t do regular maintenance, your first warning will be a screeching noise when you brake. This is a built-in warning device in the form of a tab that scrapes the rotor when the brake pad reaches minimum thickness. The pad must be replaced soon to avoid the steel backing damaging your disc.

Even if your rotors are undamaged, you should still replace them when you swap out the brake pads. This ensures the best performance possible. This is particularly the case in the front, where the brakes do the most work to stop the forward movement of your truck.

What Factors Affect the Price of a Brake Job?

Obviously, not all pads cost the same. There are a number of components that determine both how often you need to replace your brakes and the price when you do the replacement. Here are the four major elements:

  • The type of driving you do. General street and highway driving put relatively little stress on your brakes. Slowing down with heavy loads and trailers, repeated downhill braking, and even the way you stop all affect the wear on your brakes.
  • The make of your vehicle. Because Chevrolet is an American brand, parts and labor cost significantly less than an expensive imported car.
  • The type of vehicle you drive. This one actually works against you because of the size and power of your truck. Stopping a smaller, slower-moving car is easier than stopping a Silverado 1500. Because of this, your brake pads have to be larger and more robust than those in a sedan. The extra material and manufacturing difficulty increases the price of your brakes.
  • The type of brake pads you want. Material and brand play a major factor in the price of the part. While many drivers feel that ceramic pads are the best Chevy Silverado 1500 brake pads, they’re also the most expensive generally. Generic brakes are significantly cheaper than OEM and high-performance aftermarket manufacturer products.

Bearing all of this in mind, the price will be between approximately $90 and $400 on brake pads for all four wheels on your Silverado. Because labor is about $80 to $120 per axel, expect it to cost around $125 to $320 per axel in total.

If you’re the type of person who still changes your own engine oil, you might want to tackle the job yourself. For DIY mechanics with the tools and experience, you can pick up everything you need at AutoZone today.