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New standard is to always replace rotors..?

So my Tundra is gonna be due for brakes pretty soon and a service guy at my local Durango, CO Toyota dealership said I only needed new pads since the rotors looked fine. I started doing som price research as Toyota wants to charge me around $300. A few local places quoted me $250 which I guess is reasonable but upon calling a Grease Monkey location, as I have a coupon for them, the dude on the phone told me that the new “brake standard” is to always replace pads and rotors even if the rotors are able to be re-lathed. He didn’t recommend relating rotors ever. Has anyone else heard that? Replacing just the pads is a heck of a lot cheaper than replacing rotors too! I want to do what’s best for my truck while being mindful of how much I’m spending and hopefully not being taken advantage because I’m a woman. Thoughts on just replacing pads?

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I never turn rotors and I always replace them when I change pads.

Turning rotors makes them thinner, which makes them warp.

Also the surface finish on a used rotor is not ideal at all for new pads. They are smoother than they should be due to glazing. They typically have grooves worn in them (even if they are really small). Both of which will cause the new pads to not bed properly and will lead to poor braking and less pad life than new rotors.

I would also stick with a good quality aftermarket rotors and pads. Stay away from part store junk. I’m a big fan of powerstop. You get a lot for your money. Pads and rotors for all 4 wheels are around $400. There are other options at higher price points as well.


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just did my first brake job on my truck 2014 with 45,000 miles...rear pads were worn more than the front ones....and the rotors were rusted too bad to keep... replaced everything with bosch

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Look at the rotor. Lots of variables - climate, salt, towing history, etc - if the rotors look serviceable (I.e. no warping, no lip, no unreasonable corrosion) - at 45k it’s not unreasonable to do just the pads.


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$250 for for just replacing the pads?
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I learned from my 4Runner if you turn the rotors they will soon warp and pulsate.
I ended up replacing rotors with the pads.

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So my Tundra is gonna be due for brakes pretty soon and a service guy at my local Durango, CO Toyota dealership said I only needed new pads since the rotors looked fine. I started doing som price research as Toyota wants to charge me around $300. A few local places quoted me $250 which I guess is reasonable but upon calling a Grease Monkey location, as I have a coupon for them, the dude on the phone told me that the new “brake standard” is to always replace pads and rotors even if the rotors are able to be re-lathed. He didn’t recommend relating rotors ever. Has anyone else heard that? Replacing just the pads is a heck of a lot cheaper than replacing rotors too! I want to do what’s best for my truck while being mindful of how much I’m spending and hopefully not being taken advantage because I’m a woman. Thoughts on just replacing pads?

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Dont let them fool you into buying things you dont need. Pads are meant to wear and be changed. As for the rotors, you will know when they need to go. The waves cause by warping will push back on your pads/calipers as the brakes are applied generating a "pulsing" sensation. I took my Tundra in for brake pads and they recommended resurfacing the rotors so I had them do it. I drive a lot (from CA to VA and back), on my first trip after new pads and rotors resurfaced my brakes pulsed and steering wheel shook when stopping. Plus there was excessive amounts of brake dust on my rims. The resurfacing warped my rotors and they were eating away at my pads. I ended up getting StopTech Slotted Cryo rotors and new pads after 3k miles and changed them myself. 15K+ miles so far with zero issues.

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Dont let them fool you into buying things you dont need. Pads are meant to wear and be changed. As for the rotors, you will know when they need to go. The waves cause by warping will push back on your pads and calipers as the brakes are applied generating a "pulsing" sensation. I took my Tundra in for brake pads and they recommended resurfacing the rotors so I had them do it. I drive a lot (from CA to VA and back) and on my first trip after new pads and resurfacing my brakes pulsed and steering wheel shook when stopping. Plus there was excessive amounts of brake dust on my rims. Resurfacing warped my rotors and they were eating away at my pads. I ended up getting StopTech Slotted Cryo rotors and news pads after 3k miles and changed them myself. 15K+ miles so far with zero issues.


Dang, good to know. Thank you! I might as well replace the rotors after reading everyone’s responses.


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I'll say! I just put on Hawk pads and slotted rotors, cost me less than $200. Shouldn't take them more than 20 minutes to swap the pads.
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While for cars with small rotors, it seems worth to change. Tundra are bigger and beefier. Turning the rotor will not make braking less. They don't take much off. When they get too thin they won't turn them. Worrying about rust is a no brainer. If you live where they rust they will. When it is excessive it is time to replace, don't need advice on that.
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Case by case. I turn the rotors if they will remain in spec after turning, and I've never had a problem with this practice. Of course I replace the rotors if there is not going to be enough material left over after turning them.
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It is considered "best practice" for the shop to almost eliminate call backs .
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I suppose it is a personal choice. I never have rotors turned these days. If the rotors are in good shape I simply slip in new pads. If there is any pulsing or bad scarring on the rotors I replace them. They are not that expensive.

If you are paying a dealer to do the work then parts will be at full retail and labor is expensive. On the other hand, if you go to a chain repair shop or discount place you are likely going to get very inferior parts and need to do the job again in a short time. Cheap rotors seem to warp very quickly.

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I would say you'll be just fine replacing the pads as long as the previous pads didn't experience pulsing or vibrations and the rotors feels smooth when you check the pads. Install is easy. Takes more time to jack up the truck and remove the tires than change the pads.
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