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Life of Front Brake Rotors

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03-24-05, 10:38 AM   #1  
Life of Front Brake Rotors


I was told that I need new front brakes and I got a service quote of $250 if I don't need rotors and $500 if I do need them. When do rotors need to get replaced?? I have a '97 Honda Accord.



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03-24-05, 02:11 PM   #2  

They need replaced if they have grooves or are warped and can not be machined out and still be within limits of thickness.I think that if they need replaced that is quite a markup on the price.Honda probbably sells them for a lot less.

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03-24-05, 05:12 PM   #3  
$250 is also high if its just changing the pads and brake fluid. I'd get another quote and recommendations from some people you know. If you brought your car to the shop to get some other work done, and they told you the brake pads were getting worn out and you haven't noticed any braking problems, chances are you don't need new rotors. If the car vibrates when you brake or the brakes have been squealing for a while, or making a grinding noise , the rotors probably need to be replaced. Like michael van said, an extra $250 for the rotors is quite high.

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03-24-05, 05:22 PM   #4  
It's not real high when you consider the fact that the soon to be destroyed front wheel bearings are in the quote.Plus labor for using a shop press after removing the steering knuckle to press the rotor from the bearing and knuckle.

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03-24-05, 06:24 PM   #5  
There's no set mileage to change them or anything like that
They must be inspected, if they are out of spec (& cannot be turned), replaced
Driving conditions and habits, and brake maintenance and such would determine how often, or if, they need replacing
Someone might get 40K out of a set and someone might get 120K out of the same ones

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03-24-05, 09:01 PM   #6  
I think Davo is right, the steering knuckle needs to be removed & the wheel bearing disassembled to replace the rotors on this model

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