Rotors: When can you machine them?
Rotors: To turn or not to turn?
Brake pads and rotors can be an expensive problem every vehicle has to deal with from time to time. In order to save money and get the most use out of your brakes it is important to have them inspected often. When you have your brakes inspected the technician looks for wear and tear by inspecting the depth, thickness, and condition of the pads as well as using an instrument called a micrometer to measure the thickness of the rotor. A rotor needs to stay within a certain thickness in order to dissipate heat correctly. If the technician finds that the rotor is able to be “turned” then it usually can save you a good amount of money by not having to buy new ones.
Weather can play a big part on the longevity of your rotors. Vehicles that are in colder climates have to deal with rust and pitting while vehicles in the hotter states such as Arizona have to deal with warping due to heat. If you notice a pulsating while braking this is usually a sign of needing new rotors due to heat warping.