When it comes time to repair brake rotors, there are some few things you should know. A brake rotor is something that can be resurfaced and repaired several times before it must be changed, making it an auto repair you should take time to do it yourself. It is vital that you know when it’s the right time to resurface a brake rotor. If brake rotors are resurfaced too much, it can lead to shortening the life of the rotor as each time it’s resurfaced, the rotor gets thinner.
Step 1 – Know When Resurface Is Required
One of the essential reasons for resurfacing brake rotors is because of parallelism. If you observe that your car is having trouble staying parallel, this is one of the first signs brake rotors has to be resurfaced. Also, look for rotor scoring. Rotor scoring could be a cause of a bad pad formulation.
Step 2 – Sand
A rotor surface may have to be cleaned with 120 grit sandpaper to remove old material build-up. Use the sandpaper to get the surface clean and free of excess material. This is something you can do without having to resurface the rotors. You can equally use roll lock discs to do the cleaning. These two items will get your rotor clean and smooth without having to do the real job of resurfacing.
Step 3 – Resurface
Whenever rotors require resurfacing, it is recommended you use the services of a center specializing in brake repair. A professional center has the equipment and experienced staff to do the job well. Ask the service technician if it is time to change the rotors or if resurfacing is recommended. If resurfacing is all that’s required, once finished at the service center, you can remount the rotor yourself.
Step 4 – Test
Test drive your car to know if the resurfacing process has made a difference in the way the car functions. If there is no difference, resurfacing may not be enough to address the issue. In this situation, it’s time to change the rotors.