Q: What is the truth about brake rotors/brake jobs?

asked by on

I'm hearing a lot of what sounds like baloney about the REQUIREMENT of replacing rotors every time the pads are changed. Can you give me some like the truth on this subject? Everyone I have spoken too gives the appearance of lying through their collective teeth.

My car has 55000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Hello. The rotors on most cars have a minimum thickness that they can be before they should be replaced. The minimum thickness is stamped into the rotor. The rotor can then be resurfaced until it gets too thin and should be replaced. Other reasons the rotor should be replaced are purple heat marks on the rotor and stress cracks. A rotor surface should be at least scuffed up if it is not being replaced or it is not warped. This non-directional scuffing will allow the new pads to seat in properly to the old rotor. The reason most mechanics recommend rotors with new pads is most vehicles will have too thin of rotors, warped rotors, heat or stress cracked rotors. The mechanic is liable to do the brake job correctly to prevent unsafe conditions. If you would like to have this done, a qualified mechanic can perform a brake pads and rotors repair (if necessary) at your home or office.

Was this answer helpful?
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. What is the truth about brake rotors/brake jobs?

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: how do you know if you need a whole throttle body compared to just cleaning it or replacing sensors

I would recommend cleaning and replacing the sensors first. Generally, throttle bodies do not need to be replaced completely, but rather just need specific parts related to them replaced. I would also recommend checking the mass air flow sensor to...

Q: Error codes, engine light on

Hello there. When these codes are seen together, it points to a malfunction in the oxygen sensor bank 1 circuit. This could be caused by many things such as a failing oxygen sensor, leaking fuel injector, rich or lean conditions,...

Q: Q: Shaking while braking

Hello. I’ve had experience with new rotors being warped right out of the box. There is a limited warranty on the rotors from the store. If you can return them and get new front rotors or get them turned, that...

Related articles

P0240 OBD-II Trouble Code: Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance
P0240 code definition Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance What the P0240 code means P0240 is an OBD-II generic code triggered when the Engine Control Module (ECM) detects the intake boost...
How Much Does a Mechanic Make in Vermont?
Automotive technician jobs in Vermont have an average mechanic salary of $37k, with some mechanics earning a salary of $53k.
P2103 OBD-II Trouble Code: Throttle Actuator Control Motor Circuit High
P2103 means there is a fault with the throttle actuator control motor circuit, likely due to a defective electrical component or part.