Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Do all brake rotors need to be changed at the same time?

asked by on

I need to replace my brake caliper, pad, and rotor on my 2009 Ford Taurus AWD. I know that when one brake pad needs to be changed, you have to replace them all. Does that also apply to the rotors? or can I replace just the one?
My car has an automatic transmission.

A: Hey there. You do not need to replace all 4...

Hey there. You do not need to replace all 4 rotors at the same time, but it is recommended to replace the rotors and pads as a set for each axle front or back at the same time. If the front brakes need to be replaced but the rear brakes are not worn out yet, then you do not need to replace the rear brakes. The rear brakes will last at least twice as long as the front brakes will last. When it comes to replacing calipers you can replace only one at a time as needed. If you are looking to service your brakes, a certified professional from YourMechanic can perform these repairs at your home or office.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: http://halfords.bookmygarage.com/6339/OTAwNw - do I need a brake disc change?

Brake pads (or brake shoes in the case of drum brake systems) are the principal "consumable" in a vehicle's brake system. The pads are not replaced according to any fixed schedule, or number of elapsed miles, but rather are simply...

Q: Engine misfires and check engine light is always on

It’s always a good idea to pull over and turn off your vehicle when the check engine light is blinking. A blinking check engine light usually means there is a severe misfire in one or more of the cylinders. Most...

Q: Taillights not turning on

Hello, on most cars the headlights and taillights are in the same circuit, but not the brake lights. The head and tail lights are actually controlled by your headlight switch. The brake lights are always live unlike head and tail...

Related articles

How Long Does a Distributor O Ring Last?
The distributor is part of the ignition system in your vehicle and its purpose is to route high voltage from the ignition coil to the spark plug. The spark plug then...
How Long Does a Heater Control Valve Last?
Keeping the right amount of coolant in a car is essential in keeping the engine at the right temperature. Failing to have the right amount of coolant or even bad elements...
Rules of the Road For Iowa Drivers
Driving on the roads requires knowledge of the rules, many of which are based on common sense and courtesy. However, even though you know the rules in...