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Old 04-16-2009, 09:11 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default One Rotor bad. Have to replace both?

one of my daily drivers has been ill-maintained The jerk who is supposed to keep his eyes on it forgot, and the brake pad ran slap out of material, and is now scraping the rotor.

In my defense, I replaced the pads less than a year ago, and i never heard the wear indicator squealing.

But only one rotor has been scraped. I've already had it turned once, and would rather just replace it this time.

Is it acceptable to replace 1 rotor, or is it pretty much mandatory that if you replace one side, you have to replace both sides?

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Old 04-16-2009, 09:38 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I would just replace the bad one. If the other rotor is within turning specs, have it turned and put it back on.

EDIT: Mic the damaged one...if it's within turning specs and not too badly damaged, turn it too and use it. If it's badly gouged, the brake shop might not want to put it on the lathe for fear of busting a tooth.
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Old 04-16-2009, 09:48 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I would just replace the bad one. If the other rotor is within turning specs, have it turned and put it back on.

EDIT: Mic the damaged one...if it's within turning specs and not too badly damaged, turn it too and use it. If it's badly gouged, the brake shop might not want to put it on the lathe for fear of busting a tooth.
+1. What's a brake lathe? All of our local shops shipped theirs to Mexico two years ago, so we're SOL.
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Old 04-16-2009, 10:25 AM   #4 (permalink)
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+1. What's a brake lathe? All of our local shops shipped theirs to Mexico two years ago, so we're SOL.
I remember when Discount Auto Parts used to have a lathe in the back, and would turn them for free. Luckily there's a Pep Boys near my house that will turn them for about 10 bucks.

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I don't know of any local shops here that turn down rotors anymore.

Labour cost is too high to justify turning down when rotors can be purchased so inexpensively.
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Old 04-16-2009, 11:00 AM   #6 (permalink)
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The only thing to be concerned with is on a car that has a non-floating type brake caliper that both rotor thickness be within 0.010" or a pull to one side might occur when braking.

You will most likely be ok.
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Well, you can replace one. I did on my truck when I was in a pinch. I don't like it as the rotors should be the same on both sides.

So rotors are not too expensive, so I would replace both unless you are going to sell it.

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So rotors are not too expensive, so I would replace both unless you are going to sell it.

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Not to harp on you Mel, but this is why we bitch about previous owners. IMHO, fix it right...do both rotors.
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Yep, you're right!

I hate to find that sort of thing too, but if I am going to get rid of a car and have too much into it already, I can not justify the added cost. I would never ever let a car go from my driveway in an unsafe condition without disclosure! I would tend to tell them that they may need to look at the brakes soon...

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OK thanks all. Guess it's either turn them both, or replace them both. No half assing it.

Like all things in life, I suppose

Now, do I get the power slots for my toyota minivan?

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