How Much Does It Cost to Fix A Wheel Cylinder?

The braking system is among the most important mechanical elements in your car. In fact, some might even argue that the brakes are the most important system because no matter how fast or slow your vehicle drives, it does not matter if you can’t stop.

For this reason, then, it is exceedingly important to strictly follow your vehicle’s maintenance schedule, and especially when it comes to maintaining and replacing your brake parts.

Now, it is true that auto repair is complicated; this is why mechanics are able to charge as much as they do. However, you can learn to perform many part replacement procedures in your home garage—and when you see how much money you could save it might motivate you to learn more.

The Cost of Brake Wheel Cylinder Replacement

Of course, the cost of any repair job will depend on the make and model of the vehicle.  Manufacturers use different parts that are designed differently or are made in different ways.  Larger vehicles, of course, often have larger—and heavier—parts too.  It seems that, on average, the labor cost for Cross drilled rotors brake cylinder replacement is just over $100, with some jobs costing closer to $200 for labor alone.

Fortunately, the part itself only costs between $25 and $35, on average. This means that you could potentially save a lot of money if you do the job yourself.

DIY Brake Wheel Cylinder Replacement

Now, it is entirely possible for you to perform this replacement yourself. However, be warned that wheel cylinder replacement is of medium difficulty, so it may be overwhelming for the less mechanically inclined. That said, to replace a wheel cylinder yourself you will need:

  • protective gear
  • the replacement cylinder
  • brake fluid
  • jack stands
  • mechanics tool set

The first thing you have to do, of course, is raise the vehicle off the ground so you can remove the wheels (to get to the brake cylinder).  Then you will remove the wheel and the brake shoe (the brake caliper and pad) from the backing plate so that the cylinder is exposed (and, therefore, ready to be replaced).

Make sure you remember to disconnect the brake line from the master cylinder before removing the cylinder.