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Reuse brake rotors

Reuse brake rotors I see this question a lot on auto forums. Someone says, “My rotors look fine. Can I reuse my brake rotors?” Well, first, let’s define the word “fine.” You can certainly rule out reusing a brake rotor if you see deep grooves, heat discoloration, and cracks. But can you rule it “in” if it doesn’t have those issues? NO! Because there’s no way you can visually gauge the thickness of your rotor. You need a micrometer. In order to reuse a rotor, it must be: At least … Read More

Replace brake rotor

When to replace brake rotors Brake rotors don’t last forever so you and the technician must make a decision whether to reuse brake rotors versus resurfacing or replacing them. As car makers have reduced the weight of their vehicles to gain fuel economy they’ve reduced the thickness (and weight) of the brake rotors. In the old days a technician could easily resurface a brake rotor twice. Today, some rotors are so thin right out of the factory that a single resurfacing procedure can thin them to the point where they no … Read More


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