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Where can I get brake rotors resurfaced?

Can I take it to any independent mechanic or should I go to a chain like Meineke?


  • edited April 2010
    Last time I did mine, was at a Pep Boys store. I brought in the rotors, and they turned them for me, for a cost of $8.00 each...this was back in 2001.
  • edited April 2010
    You may be better off just getting new ones. They're likely so thin (and will then be thinner after machining) that they won't hold up. Have you measured them to see if they are thick enough as is? The minimum thickness is probably stamped into the side.

    Not all mechanics turn their own rotors so you should call around. The prices won't vary a whole lot and I would opt for an independent shop. You can also check with auto parts stores - the last time I had rotors turned it was at a Fisher's auto parts store. I wouldn't count on the big corporates for this (e.g. Autozone) even if they do them. But smaller, independently owned parts stores are often decent machine shops.
  • edited April 2010
    I vote for replacement. You could get them resurfaced but thinner rotors tend to warp easily from heat.
  • edited April 2010
    For me I want a machinist to surface the rotors, you would not believe the low training level that some people have in regards to rotor turning and the complete lack of concern of management at some places.
  • edited April 2010
    I replace mine rather than have them turned. I don't want to lose use of the car while the rotors are turned. Rotors aren't all that expensive anyway. The rotors for your van are $45 each at Advance Auto Parts on line.
  • edited April 2010
    Hey thanks everyone for the input: I usually just replace my rotors also, but this time while my innner pads are worn down to 3/16 (so it is time to do the pads), the rotors are really in great shape. There seems to be virtually no thickness lost. That's why I thought I'd try getting them resurfaced, & then next year go ahead and swap them out when its time to do pads again. But then again maybe it is best just to put new rotors on there. I'll have to decide this week. I'll let you all know what I do. Thanks!
  • edited April 2010
    You can try one of the local car parts shops, see how the cost to turn them compares to new ones (not the cheapest, not the most expensive). I tried to get mine turned, the parts guy ruined it (said the metal was 'soft'...suuuure). The gave me one new one free as a replacement, I bought the other, came out about even.
  • edited April 2010
    I only have one problem with inexpensive rotor cutting and I'm not indicting every place that cuts them cheaply.

    Many places want to whip them out quickly so they set the cut to the fastest position and take off a lot of metal on each pass.
    No more metal should be removed than necessary and this means .004 (roughly) at a time and with the chatterband in place on the rotor.

    The final cut should be light with the lathe set on the slowest speed and with the chatterband in place. This will produce a smooth, proper finish. Some places skip the slow cut, skip the chatterband, and unless the customer knows better they may assume that finish is what it ought to be when it's really not.

    If you go with new rotors you should always, always clean them with carburetor or brake cleaner before installing them. Many rotors have a rust preventative film on them and this should be removed. Sometimes this film is very noticeable (may resemble Cosomoline) and others may not be visible at all. Hope some of that helps.
  • edited April 2010
    ***the rotors are really in great shape.***

    Then why not leave them be? Even if the resurfacing is done flawlessly, it's not clear that you would be any better off after resurfacing than you are now. If it ain't broke ...
  • edited April 2010
    On my Subaru's machined rotors = warped rotors.

    However on a 1992 American Van with likely 70's tech it may be a great choice. Maybe an old school independent. Most shops can likely make more money anyway on hourly book rate machining vs selling an inexpensive rotor.
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