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How To Know If Brake Rotors Need Resurfacing?

Resurfacing your brake rotors is not always required in a brake disc repair. You should resurface or machine your rotors if the brake pedal is low or pulsating. Best case scenario, resurfacing the rotors will be required without replacing them.

If you don't need to machine your rotors you can save it until your next brake rotor repair. However, if it turns out that you need to resurface your rotors, we machine all rotors in-shop.

Our lathe machine gives the rotor a nice flat surface without any ridges or humps. Replacing your brake rotors is necessary if you have a pulsation when braking. This is the most obvious symptom of warped rotors and should be repaired immediately. 

If you have your rotors resurfaced and a brake pedal pulsation when braking returns, it means your rotors are warped again which likely means they are to thin for resurfacing and you'll have to replace them.

Brake Disc Replacement & Resurfacing

How can you tell if you need a brake disc repair versus a brake repair, brake pads replaced or brake caliper repair? Can you resurface or machine brake rotors or do they need to be replaced? And how much does a brake disc replacement or resurfacing cost?

Keep reading to see if you can repair a damaged rotor or a replacement is needed.

About Your Brake Discs

A brake rotor is the metallic disc of your braking system that receives friction from the brake pads on each side of the rotor.

This pressure is applied from the brake calipers when you step on the pedal. Hydraulic brake fluid creates the pressure to press the caliper piston(s) outward against the brake pads that squeeze the rotor slowing your vehicle to a stop.

This wear over time leads to brake discs resurfacing or replacement depending on how severe the rotors are damaged.

Aside from rust and corrosion on the metal brake discs, damage to the rotors include:

  • Grooves in The Rotors - Brake rotors usually form wear in the pattern of your brake pads. These grooves formed on the brake discs can usually be machined or resurfaced.

  • Brake rotor grooves may be caused by debris getting in between the brake pads. In some cases, brake disc metal which is softer than the metallic brake pads can cause grooves in the metal disc. This can also potentially be resurfaced or machined.

  • Warped Brake Rotors - The heat created from continuous braking friction is a main cause of warped brake rotors. Also known as "glazing", small particles from brake pad material end up on the rotors surface.

  • Another cause for warping is from brake rotors which have become to thin to release heat friction from braking. Through constant braking and resurfacing brake discs, the rotors required thickness becomes below manufacturer specification.

  • Warped discs have usually worn too thin and a brake rotor replacement is required.

Should You Resurface or Replace Brake Rotors?

The question to replace, resurface or machine brake rotors is common. We do our job to ensure a cost effective and safe solution for your brake disc repair.

Generally, on newer vehicles it is not necessary to replace rotors with every brake repair. Most rotors can be resurfaced or machined a few times but not beyond the point of the required thickness according to the manufacturer.

Although machining rotors with every brake pad replacement is not necessary, they should be resurfaced for better braking and remove surface groves and rust.

Beyond the required thickness, a brake rotor replacement will be necessary. We follow the recommendations of each manufacturer when replacing or resurfacing rotors.

Affordable Brake Disc Repair For Cars Trucks & SUV's

Not only will you receive top-quality brake rotor repair and replcement work, but you can also rest assured that you're getting the best value for your money. 

So, if you feel a vibration in your brake pedal and think its time to have your brake rotors inspected, be sure to contact us for the best priced brake rotor repair in the city.

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