Brakes are a quintessential component of any vehicle. Our life literally depends on them. Having faulty brakes can damage the car rim among other issues. Does Walmart Do Brakes? Let’s find the answer.
It is always a good idea to get your brakes repaired or replaced, whichever is applicable. Walmart started in 1962 has become one of the largest retail store and department store chains in the United States.
Walmart is the go-to place for many products. Their prices are affordable, and quality up to the mark. But what if your car is showing signs of faulty brakes?
The widespread presence of Walmart stores means there’s one quite close to your location. But does Walmart even do brakes? Keep reading to find out.
Walmart stores vs Walmart Auto Care Centers
The first thing we must clear before talking any further is the distinction between a regular Walmart store and a Walmart Auto Care Center.
A Walmart store is your regular Walmart place. You walk in, pick your items, pay your bill, grab your stuff and go about your day.
A Walmart store is what most people imagine when someone says they are going to Walmart. It is important to note that Walmart stores do sell car spares, including brakes and related spare parts.
So you could definitely walk into a Walmart store and buy brake supplies.
On the other hand, Walmart Auto Care Centers are completely separate buildings. They run and function independently of Walmart stores.
In fact, their schedules and timings are also oftentimes different from Walmart stores.
The exact timings will be different based on the locality, but generally speaking, Walmart Auto Care Centers are open weekdays from nine in the morning to nine at night. Weekend timings will be different.
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Can you get your brakes done at Walmart?
Even though Walmart Auto Care Centers offer multiple different car services such as tire installation, battery replacements, fixing flat tires, etc., we can not get brakes done at Walmart.
As of the time of writing, Walmart has stopped replacing brake pads in store. The move has been criticized by many, but unfortunately, this is the reality.
With Walmart Auto Care Centers not offering brake pad replacement services, what options are you left with? We are left with the following options:
- Try Walmart’s at home brake replacement service
- Buy brake pad replacements and change your brake pads yourself (DIY)
- Go for an alternative car service that is still offering brake pad replacements
Does Walmart do car rotors?
Walmart clearly explains on their website that they only offer basic auto maintenance services such as oil changes, tire changes, and battery changes. Therefore just like brake pad changes, Walmart does not offer car rotor replacements.
Walmart’s at-home brake replacement service
Walmart has partnered with Wrench Mobile Mechanic Service. The partnership brings car brake replacements directly to your home.
The service starts at $160 and includes brake pads, a home visit by a technician for replacement, and expert advice.
The process is fairly simple:
- Buy the product with correct specifications from the product page on Walmart’s website.
- You will receive an email confirming the brake type and other specifications.
- Confirm the specification and schedule an at-home visit by the Wrench mechanic.
- The pads get delivered to your location and get replaced by the mechanic on the agreed appointment date.
The service offers brakes for the front, rear, front, and rear. Note: The product is out of stock on Walmart’s website at the time of writing.
Replacing brake pads yourself
As we have mentioned before, Walmart stores do sell brake pads, rotors, and other brake-related items and spares such as nuts and fluids.
If you are feeling really adventurous or are trying to get into car brakes, it could be a great opportunity to get your hands dirty!
There are multiple guides on the internet that provide instructions for changing brakes for your specific type of car.
They are just a google search away. We found a nice tutorial for replacing both front and rear brake pads and rotors over at YouTube.
Before you delve into changing the brakes yourself, it is important to know that changing the brakes on your car can be a daunting and time-consuming task.
Also make sure you have all the essential tools needed for a successful replacement, along with the replacement pads and rotors obviously.
For most people, it is better to just hire a car mechanic and get a perfect job done by a specialist rather than risking a failed or faulty brake replacement. If that is what you are thinking of too, then that is exactly what we discuss in the next section.
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Alternative brake replacement services
In case you are not comfortable changing the brakes on your car yourself, for whatever reason might it be, there are always other auto repair shops than Walmart that offer brake replacement services.
It is important to note that rotor replacements cost more than brake pad replacements.
Also, it is important to keep in mind that the final cost of your replacement will depend on multiple factors such as the type of car you have, the kind of replacements you need, if there are other adjustments necessary or not, etc.
For a concrete price, it is always better to contact the particular auto repair shop you’re planning to go with.
- Midas: Midas is considered a budget-friendly and robust auto repair shop. They have been in business since 1956 and have expanded all over the United States.
- Pep Boys: Pep Boys is another common name associated with quality auto repair. They offer multiple different kinds of brake replacements, so you’re sure to find the right type for your car with them.
- AutoZone: Autozone is a well-known auto spares shop that also offers replacement services for both brake pads and rotors. Note that if you drive into an Autozone they only replace brakes and rotors if you buy from them.
- Firestone: Firestone is an excellent auto repair shop. They offer at-home or drive-in brake pads and rotor replacements. They also offer contact-free replacements in the wake of the pandemic.
Walmart, therefore, does not do brakes. They however still sell brake spares at their stores, one can either go for a DIY approach and do it themselves (see our section on this for a video tutorial) or go for an alternative auto repair shop for getting the brakes done (see our section for some auto repair shop suggestions).
FAQs: Does Walmart do brakes?
How much does it cost to get your brakes done at Walmart?
As we have mentioned earlier, Walmart no longer offers brake pads or car rotor replacement services. So, there is no cost of getting your brakes done at Walmart because they simply do not do it anymore.
Walmart offers basic auto services such as tire replacements, battery replacements, and oil changes. Unfortunately, the company does not seem to be too keen on bringing the brake replacement services back anytime soon.
How much does a brake job cost on average?
There are multiple factors that play into the final cost of a brake change job, these include but are not limited to:
- The type of car you drive
- The kind of replacements you need
- Whether front, rear, or both replacements are needed
- If any other adjustments are to be made
- The auto repair shop you get the replacement done at
Generally speaking, brake replacements are done by the ‘axle’, with each axle representing either the front wheels or both the rear wheels.
Replacement for a single axle could be up to $150 (this is just to give you an idea, the actual price may vary). Note that the price could go up and the mechanic might make suggestions after seeing the condition of your car’s brake pads.
How much is a brake pad change at Walmart?
Like we have discussed before, it is not possible to get your car’s brake pads changed at Walmart simply because they are not offering brake pad changing services anymore.
Note that Walmart stores still stock and sell brake pads, car rotors, and other car brake-related items such as brake fluids and such.
But this is only if you get them replaced by a third-party auto repair shop or replace them yourself. Walmart won’t be replacing them on your car.
Does Walmart do brake pads and rotors?
Walmart, unfortunately, does not offer replacement services for car brake pads, as well as car rotors. Walmart has a dedicated auto services unit which they run as Walmart Auto Care Center, but they have made it clear that Walmart Auto Care Centers are for ‘basic’ car maintenance services.
In their definition, basic includes oil changes, tire replacements or flat tire fixes, battery replacements, and other surface-level tasks. Changing brake pads or car rotors are not included.
How much does it cost to get brake pads replaced?
It really depends on the model and makes of the car and who does the replacements. Generally getting the replacements done from the car maker’s official repair shop costs more than getting it done from a third-party repair shop.
To get an idea, consider $150 for the front two or the rear two wheels as an estimate (this is not the exact price but is there just to give an idea)
Is it cheaper to replace brake pads yourself?
When it comes to replacing car brake pads or car rotors, getting them done yourself is the cheapest option. When you replace the car brakes yourself, the only cost you are bearing is the cost of the brake spares themselves.
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