Resurfacing vs Replacing Brake Rotors

When you feel like it’s taking longer to stop than normal or that your vehicle is vibrating when you press the brake pedal, a faulty brake rotor is likely the cause. Luckily, you can deal with your brake rotors a couple of different ways including resurfacing and replacing them.

In this guide, we at Fred Beans will show you how these two options differ, what the pros and cons of each option are, and how you should choose. Drivers in Philadelphia, Doylestown, Mechanicsburg, and Flemington should read ahead to learn more!

The Difference Between Resurfacing & Replacing

Resurfacing vs Replacing Brake RotorsThere are two main ways to deal with your rotors when they’ve become worn down (or warped) and aren’t functioning as they should. You can either resurface them or replace them. The latter option is fairly self-explanatory in that it involves removing the old rotors and replacing them with new ones.

The resurfacing process, on the other hand, is a bit different. The process of resurfacing your rotors, which is also referred to as turning, cutting, and machining, involves “turning” the rotor. This essentially means evening out the warps in the rotors so that it’s flat enough for the brake pad to be pressed down onto it. If you find yourself asking “where do i get my rotors turned?”, look no further than Fred Beans. Our service centers are where you should get your rotors turned.

Both of these options for dealing with your brake rotors have pros and cons that you can learn more about in the following sections.

The Pros & Cons of Resurfacing Brake Rotors

Resurfacing vs Replacing Brake RotorsThe biggest pro of resurfacing a brake rotor is that it could help you get a few thousand more miles out of your rotor. Sometimes rotors get warped from outside causes rather than wear and tear, so this could really help you get the most out of the rotor you already have.

One of the major cons of resurfacing your brake rotors is that it has to be done by a professional. DIY’ers can replace a brake rotor in their own garage if they have the right tools, but you have to be trained in resurfacing.

The Pros & Cons of Replacing Brake Rotors

One pro of replacing a brake rotor is that you can do it right from home if you have the equipment. You can simply buy a new brake rotor from a trusted parts center and put it on yourself right from the comfort of your own garage. Plus, brand new brake rotors are the safest brake rotors you can have.

The most obvious con of replacing a brake rotor is that you have to pay for a new brake rotor. Additionally, if you don’t know how to put it on yourself, you’ll need to take it to a professional to install it or you’ll have to do your research and potentially buy the tools you need to do it yourself.

So, Which Route Should You Take?

As you can see, both resurfacing and replacing your brake rotor are better options than leaving them the way they are. Drivers in Philadelphia, Doylestown, Mechanicsburg, and Flemington who still have questions about brake rotors should contact us at Fred Beans!

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