Should I get my brake rotors turned without replacing the recently-replaced brake pads?

If your rotors appear warped or worn beyond the recommended discard thickness, they’ll recommend having them replaced along with your brake pads. If your rotors seem okay, some shops will recommend having them resurfaced along with the new pads.

Can you turn rotors without replacing pads?

Yes, but it depends on the condition of your brake rotors. If they aren’t damaged or thinned beyond the discard thickness, you can definitely change just the worn brake pads.

Should I resurface my rotors or buy new ones?

Those severely damaged rotors usually need to be replaced, not resurfaced. Some vehicle manufacturers even require that you replace your rotors rather than resurface them. Otherwise, most industry experts suggest that you should replace them every 30-70K miles.

Can you put new rotors with old brake pads?

When a set of pads is worn out and need to be replaced, it is perfectly ok to install a new set of pads on the old rotors. The fact that a layer from the old pads has “contaminated” the surface of the rotor means little once the new pads are bed in.

What happens if you don’t resurface rotors?

Brake pad deposits on rotors, creating an uneven rotor surface. Excessive lateral rotor runout, producing a wobble. An unevenly thinned or even warped rotor. Corrosion buildup on the brake rotor.

How much does it cost to have rotors resurfaced?

Resurfacing cost per rotor can vary widely. If you remove your rotors yourself and take them to a shop or parts store for resurfacing, the cost can range from as little as $15 to over $45 per rotor. To have a repair shop remove, resurface and reinstall your rotors can cost up to $100 per wheel, $400 for the whole car.

Do mechanics still turn rotors?

Your rotors can be turned (rotated), machines and still be within factory guidelines, but this usually leaves them thin whereby leaving them to warp or vibrate. The cost for turning a rotor runs anywhere from $15 to $25 per rotor.

Are rotor resurfacing worth it?

In the long run, it’s likely less expensive to replace your rotors when there are consistencies in the face of the rotor. New rotors won’t wear as quickly on your brake pads as damaged rotors, and resurfacing the rotors means you’ll only get one last “hoorah” out of them before they need to be replaced anyway.

Is it necessary to resurface brake rotors?

If the brake discs are still smooth they may not need to be resurfaced, but most professional brake mechanics will not install new brake pads without resurfacing the rotors. Resurfacing restores a flat and even surface that minimizes vibrations and allows for maximum brake pad friction.

How important is it to resurface rotors?

Sometimes your rotors may need to be resurfaced because they have worn unevenly, warped from heat, or become damaged by worn brake pads or pitted from corrosion or rust. Resurfacing rotors removes some of their metal, until the surface is smooth and even again.

How long do resurfaced rotors last?

On paper, brake rotors can last anywhere between 30,000 and 70,000 miles—some of them even longer than that. However, there are several factors that affect the lifespan of your rotors.

How much does it cost to turn rotors at AutoZone?

AutoZone can charge up to $25 per rotor for this service but often suggest a total replacement citing cost-effectiveness.