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How do you know if you need rotors or brakes?


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2010-08-15 02:39:21
2010-08-15 02:39:21

The best way to assess the condition of rotors and brakes is to have it done by a knowledgeable professional. These boys and girls have special training that allows them to evaluate the state of your brakes. You can generally get a free "look see" at many auto shops, and by calling around, you can find a friendly crew that will help you. Brakes are pretty important. If you car runs rough, that's one thing. But if it doesn't stop when you need it too, you (and others) could be in serious trouble.

Certainly the shop you contact would like to work on your car, and the possibility of getting your business motivates them. But most shops are fairly honest and will be straight up with you. (The "bad press" and nasty "write ups" from angry, dissatisfied customers is something they generally want to avoid. Let alone litigation.) Contact the Better Business Bureau in your area to see if any complaints have been filed with a shop you are considering. Also, why not ask around among family or friends that live locally to see if they have any recommendations? That's a good idea, too.

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There can be. Only way to know is have your brakes and rotors inspected.

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The front rotors are out of round or warped, Need to have the rotors turned.

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Your rotors need to be turned. They have become warped.

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If they are warped, they need to be turned, if they are groved, they need to be turned. If they are glazed, they need to be turned. In general, if you are working on the brakes, they need to be turned.If they are too thin (not wide enough across) to be turned, they need to be replaced. Many newer rotors are not thick enough to be turned, so you just replace them every time you replace the brakes. Most auto parts retailers will measure the thickness of the rotors for you and tell you if they can be turned.

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There is no need to spend the money if it doesn't need done. Typically your rotors last longer than your brakes do anyway, so you should be fine for a while.


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