National average cost of a a Brake Rotor Resurfacing for popular vehicles:
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What is a brake rotor and how does it work?
Attached to each wheel in a disc brake system on a vehicle is a heavy metal disc called a "brake rotor". A pair of brake pads are sandwiched around the rotor, held in place by a hydraulic clamping mechanism - the brake caliper. When you press on the brake pedal, the brake pads are squeezed against the sides of the brake rotor, creating friction to slow and stop your vehicle. When you release the pedal, the caliper releases the brake pads and frees up the rotor so the wheel can continue to rotate.
Signs that a brake rotor needs to be resurfaced
A brake rotor will wear down over time. Depending on driving conditions and habits, a rotor may also develop scratches, grooves, hot spots, or warpage. At a minimum, your brake rotors should be resurfaced with each brake pad replacement. Otherwise, they may need to be resurfaced if you notice any of the following:
Pulsating brake pedal
Vibration in the steering wheel
Grinding noise when braking
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Lift and support your vehicle to remove the wheels
Disconnect the brake caliper and set aside
Measure the rotor for minimum thickness and runout
Machine the rotor on a special lathe before reinstalling
Retract the caliper and insert new brake pads
Lubricate the caliper sliding pins and other components before reinstalling the caliper
Check and top off the brake fluid as necessary
Other questions customers ask
Is it worth resurfacing brake rotors?
Due to the drop in price for brake rotors on many late model vehicles, it makes economic sense to simply replace the rotors rather than have them resurfaced.
Is it better to resurface or replace rotors?
Modern brake rotors are often thinner and lighter than the rotors found on older vehicles, and they do not tolerate repeated resurfacing. In many cases, it makes sense to replace rather than resurface brake rotors. Some vehicle manufacturers do not even recommend resurfacing rotors.
What happens if you change your brake pads but do not resurface the rotors?
Brake pads and rotors do not wear evenly. So, when you put new brake pads on a vehicle without resurfacing or replacing the brake rotors (a practice referred to as “pad slapping”), the new pads will wear unevenly. This can significantly decrease their lifespan and the stopping power of your brake system.
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