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Do I really need new rotors at 60k?

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#1 OFFLINE   normcloutier


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Posted 19 December 2016 - 07:57 AM

I had the 60k service done on my 13 SEL last week. Upcoming service recommendation was to have the rear brakes done (pads were at 3mm) which would include new rotors. At 60k? New rotors?

Rotors are perfect other than obviously 60k of use. No gouges or grooves.

Is this just a money grab or am I missing something here? Looking for opinions.

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Posted 19 December 2016 - 09:07 AM

Based on your evaluation of the rotor condition, I'd say money grab.  Much more important to service the calipers, make sure the brake fluid looks good, etc.

#3 OFFLINE   TheWizard


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Posted 19 December 2016 - 05:18 PM

It might not hurt to have the rotors machined to get rid of unevenly deposited friction material.  Some shops will insist on turning the rotors (or replacing them) to avoid customers coming back complaining of "warped" rotors.  Rotors don't actually warp... they get friction material from the pads unevenly deposited causing excessive runout (variation in the surface flatness) which produces a pulsing or vibration when the brakes are applied.  Machining will get rid of the variances and give you a nice even surface for the new pads to "bed" into.

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#4 OFFLINE   macbwt


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Posted 23 December 2016 - 07:17 PM

As a rule machine the rotors and put new pads on.  You should be fine for about another 60K then new rotors and pads.

#5 OFFLINE   Spree


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Posted 25 December 2016 - 11:25 AM

Just recently replaced my rear brake pads at 78,000 miles, I was also at 3mm. I had rotors turned at the same time, which was required by my local ford dealer.

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Posted 25 December 2016 - 01:16 PM

May the new pads work well with the refreshed rotors!

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#7 OFFLINE   enigma-2


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Posted 26 December 2016 - 01:27 PM

For two previous oil changes with the dealer, they reported that I needed to replace my brakes soon. (85k).
Following this, the brakes were reported as being ok.
On the last oil change I specifically asked them to check the brakes and the reported them as being ok. (Currently 100k).
So the lesson is, ignore them and they repair themselves. heh
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Posted 03 January 2017 - 09:38 AM

I always replace rotors when I do brakes.  They are only about $50 each max.  


I spend a lot of time cleaning and scraping the hub face with WD40 and a razor to make sure there are no high spots.  After all that work- I'm not putting used rotors on there since you will never get the unevenly corroded rear face of a used rotor to sit flat on the hub like a new rotor will.  That runout will be felt in the pedal.  


Not to brag, but any brake job I've ever done is always 100% smooth- never any pedal vibes at all.  New rotors, clean hubs, new slide hardware, and pads that can easily move in the caliper slides are key to that.  Sometimes you have to file off some "slag" from the backing plate ears to get the pads to easily slide in the caliper. 

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