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When it comes time to repair brake rotors, there are a […]
When it comes time to repair brake rotors, there are a few things that you should know about first. A brake rotor is something that you will be able to resurface and repair several times before you actually have to replace it. It is important that you know how to do it as well as when it is the right time to resurface the brake rotor. If you resurface your brake rotor too much, then you could end up actually shortening the life of your rotor as it will make it thinner and is unnecessary.
One of the main reasons that you will need to resurface your rotor is because of parallelism. If you notice that your vehicle is having trouble staying parallel, then this could be one of the first indicators that your rotors need to be resurfaced. Also, look for rotor scoring. Rotor scoring could be a cause of a bad pad formulation. If this is the case, then you should still do the penny test to check the depth. If you can still see the top of its head, then your rotors are good for a little while longer.
A rotor surface may end up getting material from the old pad transfer. In order to remove this, you will need to get out your grit sandpaper. Use this to get the surface good and scuffed up to remove the excess material. This is something that you will be able to do without having to actually resurface your rotors. You will also be able to use roll loc discs to do the job. These things will be able to get your rotor clean and smooth again without having to do the actual job of resurfacing.
Whenever your brake rotors need to be resurfaced, you will need to take them to a professional. A professional has a machine that will resurface them so that they will work like new again. This is not something that you will be able to do several times. Make sure that you ask the person doing it if it is time to simply replace your rotors to see if resurfacing is something that will really benefit them. It is always a good idea to go to a professional that you trust so that they will tell you whether or not resurfacing is necessary for your rotors. Once the rotor has been successfully resurfaced, you will be able to take it back to your vehicle and put it back on.
Test drive your vehicle so that you will be able to get a good feel as to whether or not the resurfacing of your brake rotor has actually done anything. If it has not, then you may end up needing to completely replacing your rotors.