Can I replace my brake pads without replacing the brake rotors?

 

Do you need to replace your brake rotors every time you replace your brake pads? This is a popular question that many consider when having to replace brake pads. Your vehicles braking system is perhaps the most important part of your driving safety and so you should consider all aspect of replacing parts carefully. Today we will explore the advantages and disadvantages of replacing brake rotors at the same time as replacing your brake pads.

Brake Calipers

Is it always recommended to replace rotors during brake pad replacements?

While most manufacturers do recommend replacing brake rotors when replacing your car’s brake pads it is not always necessary. Although Brake pads and Rotors work together, they are separate components and as such wear down independently to each other. It is therefore important to use your (or your mechanics) discretion and carefully inspect each component carefully when replacing these parts.

Brake rotors have a recommended thickness that must be maintained to be considered safe. Your first priority is to check the thickness of the rotor and also check the manufacturer’s recommendation. This measurement will normally be stamped on the brake rotor itself. If the thickness is below the minimum then you need to replace your brake rotor immediately.

If you discover the brake rotor is border-line and close to the recommended thickness, then you should also consider replacing the component. Having to replace the rotors 6 months down the road could be a huge inconvenience, during which you could be experiencing a slight reduction in braking efficiency.

What else to consider when replacing brake rotors?

There are other considerations when deciding to replace your brake rotor during maintenance. Even if you are not replacing the components then you should consider having the surface replaced, especially if the rotor component appears damaged or uneven. You may also notice that when braking the rotors vibrates roughly instead of a smooth experience. You can arrange to have your brake rotor’s surface machined or turned at an auto repair centre.

Replace Pads

For optimum performance and if you can afford to, it is worth replacing your brake rotor while replacing your brake pads. However, if you’re on a tight budget then as long as your brake rotor is above the minimum recommended level then your vehicle is perfectly safe. We hope that this article has helped you to understand the importance of checking and replacing your brake rotors.

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