brake service 98 isuzu rodeo 2WD. Do I have to re-surface the rotor for replacing the brake pad.

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by wingbay, Jun 20, 2005.

  1. wingbay

    wingbay Guest

    Hi All:
    I took my car for brake service for my 98 Isuzu Rodeo 2WD. I asked about
    for the front wheel with disc brake. The mechanic told me since it is a 2WD.
    It requires to take out the bearing to re-surface the rotor. He said it is a
    must to re-surface the rotor, otherwise the new pad won't fit with the rotor
    and cause vibration. Then the price from orginailly quoted $120 becomes
    $240. Get double. I won't it everthing he said is correct. Wonder how much
    it will cost to do the re-surface for the rotor and replace pad in the
    fremont california area? Besides, it is a must to re-surface the rotor for
    new brake pad. If not, how much should it be? He said he won't warranty if I
    don't re-surface to rotor. Is it true it is a must? He makes me
    uncomfortable with the their service, but nothing else I can do except
    asking for expert comment.

    wingbay, Jun 20, 2005
  2. wingbay

    Seth Guest

    First thing you could do is go elsewhere and have someone else look at it.

    Normally, resurfacing of the rotor is not needed. Only needed if there is
    something wrong. If it's just a case of time for new pads, if he uses the
    correct pads, everything will fit.

    My '01 Accord has never had it rotors touched until today. At 127,000 I
    replaced both front rotors because something got in between the drivers side
    outer pad and rotor scoring it pretty good.
    Seth, Jun 20, 2005
  3. wingbay

    rjdriver Guest

    Get a second opinion. Or better yet, pull a wheel yourself and look at
    the rotors. Look for tiny grooves in them. Run your fingernail across the
    groves to be sure they are deep and not just on the surface. Check both

    Routine rotor replacement is not required. Unless you rode the old pads
    too long, or as Seth mentioned, something got caught in between the pad and
    rotor, (both situations should have caused audible scraping noises while
    breaking), they should be fine.

    As for the cost, if they actually have to pull the bearings, it's
    probably about right. But it might be worth it to call around and see if
    any break shops have the equipment that can refurace rotors while they are
    on the car. Not sure if your cars rotors can be done that way, but it should
    drop the cost quite a bit if they can.

    rjdriver, Jun 20, 2005
  4. I do my own brakes and never have the rotors turned - if they are badly worn
    or warped (the cause of pulsation) they need to be replaced. Warped rotors
    that are turned nearly always go back to their evil ways. If you don't have
    vibration now and he does the job right (without turning the rotors) you
    won't have vibration afterward.

    Drum brake drums should always be resurfaced or replaced because they often
    wear funny, and the new linings should be "arced" to fit the actual
    curvature of the drum. Disc brake pads will fit themselves to the rotor
    quickly - within a few stops - and with no loss of stopping power. A few
    times I have had to look at squeaky brakes the day after I replaced the pads
    and have always found the pads fitted perfectly to the disks.

    I agree with the others - look for another shop.

    Michael Pardee, Jun 20, 2005
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