02 Hyundai Santa Fe rotors, replace both, or 1

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#1

I have an 02 Hyundai Santa Fe, and the right rear wheel squeals, going around turns, and sometimes during normal driving. The squeal stops when I apply the brakes.



I’ve had the wheel, bearings, and brakes checked 3 times and everybody says the wheel is fine. The only reason they can give me for the squeal is that the rust on the non-braking portion of the rotor is rubbing against the pad, but it is not a safety concern. They recommended resurfacing the rotor.



I’m going to need all 4 sets of brake pads replaced, and I figure I’ll just replace the rotor. But since it’s a 4WD that we tow with should I have both rear rotors replaced, or just the 1?


#2

Actually - if you’re due for pads (which you apparently are) on all 4 wheels I would consider replacing all 4 rotors. Especially given the towing.

You might say “ah baloney” or some mechanic might. And that is fine, but I’d put some $$ on you replacing the rotors anyway within about 10K of the new pads - esp. if you do some towing in between.


#3

I agree that changing all 4 rotors makes sense. If you don’t then you will just spend even more money when the others are replaced.


#4

Brake parts are always replaced in pairs.


#5

Both rotors. Don’t even measure them. If you live where it rains in Summer and snows in Winter, they are definitely asking to be replaced.