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It’s a good idea to replace pads and rotors when doing your brakes!

Written By: Mark D.

Written By: Mark D.

Master Licensed Technician with Over 25 Years of Experience

So when it comes to doing your brakes some customers choose to replace just the pads. In very few situations this might be ok. In the majority of brake replacement the rotors and pads should be replaced together. Braking is so important that having a worn or improper rotor measurement could affect or lead to safety issues. Why end up paying twice ? Not replacing the pads and rotors together can cost more down the road. Also most manufacturers will not warranty their pads for defects if the rotor has not been replaced. A healthy brake job will be to service all parts of the brake system. Calipers , caliper pin, pad cradle and hub must all be serviced when replacing the brakes. Proper lubricants are used to subdue any noise and keep the brakes operating smoothly.

Brake pads and rotors are mating surfaces. The brake pads that clap together to stop your vehicle undergo heat stress, and put additional stress on your rotor. We majority see customers replace both when doing a brake job. It is ok to replace just the pads in a situation where the rotor is fairly new and the customer is not satisfied with the performance of a brake pad. Brake pads come in different types of material. Carbon metallic, ceramic, metallic are just a few of the common materials used when manufacturing your brake pads. After a while the rotor also starts to deteriorate and wear out. The rotor has a minimum thickness that it has to have in order to avoid warpage. The thinner the rotor the more likely it is to warp. If a rotor is measured and the thickness is around 30 percent of its allowable measurement, chances are the rotor will not last the entire life of the new brake pad. This is why we recommend that the two be replaced together. The cost of doing the job again outweighs what you will save initially. In the past rotors were machined to obtain a second life, most shops nowadays got away from machining only because the cost of a new rotor is comparable to machining. Machining also removes more material from your rotor causing it more prone to warpage.

Installing new pads and leaving old rotors can also make noise and can give vibration. Since the pad is a mating surface there can not be any uneven spots along the rotor as it can make noise. The pad can also wear out prematurely and not sit properly against the rotor surface. Noisy brakes can be a dreaded experience. Have your brakes checked out by our licensed technicians and drive with confidence. Only licensed technicians should be evaluating, servicing or repairing your brake system. We have great brake packages, warranty and offer different lines of premium brakes for any budget.


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