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Old 01-08-2009, 10:44 AM   #1
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Default Brake Rotor Maintenance Interval?

What is the normal mileage interval that rotors need to be serviced?

My rotors were replaced under warrenty at 15,000mi for vibration (aka shaking/pulsing) while braking at highway speeds.

My brakes are doing the same thing at 30,000mi and the dealership won't replace the rotors under warrenty again. They claim that because now I need new brake pads, the rotors are now a wear item and are not covered.

Also, they said it was my fault because I was, "driving wrong".
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Old 01-08-2009, 10:57 AM   #2
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I think for your car the minimum rotor thickness is 22mm, but you might want to double check.

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http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/showthread.php?t=975321

Try a different dealer maybe, the one you're going to sounds a bit shady.

FWIW, I'm on stock rotors @ 63k miles, I measured them with a caliper and they still had like ~23.8 mm. Stock pads.
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Old 03-29-2009, 09:54 PM   #3
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*update*

I skipped the dealership, and brought my car is A&H motorsports in Warminster, PA (I highly recommend them btw). I had them install new OEM replacement brake pads (they turned out to be much much better than the stock pads) and the brake vibration went away.

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Old 03-29-2009, 10:02 PM   #4
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damn, I replaced my original rotors at 120k miles. At 100k I had them cut... 20k later shaking when braking at higher speeds, finally needed new ones.

I don't see why you should replace every 30k with a manual car. At least 50-70k miles. On the automatics though different story 40-50k max probably. You can decelerate using your engine with the manual, which you can't do with auto.
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Old 03-29-2009, 10:18 PM   #5
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What is the normal mileage interval that rotors need to be serviced?

My rotors were replaced under warrenty at 15,000mi for vibration (aka shaking/pulsing) while braking at highway speeds.

My brakes are doing the same thing at 30,000mi and the dealership won't replace the rotors under warrenty again. They claim that because now I need new brake pads, the rotors are now a wear item and are not covered.

Also, they said it was my fault because I was, "driving wrong".
stock pads are garbage

you WERE driving wrong to cause pad deposits on the rotors

I have been driving 30+ years and have NEVER had this happen.

http://www.stoptech.com/tech_info/wp...rakedisk.shtml

read that and see if maybe you can adjust your driving style
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Old 03-29-2009, 10:21 PM   #6
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*update*

I skipped the dealership, and brought my car is A&H motorsports in Warminster, PA (I highly recommend them btw). I had them install new OEM brake pads (which turned out to be much much better than the ones that came with the new car) and the brake vibration went away. Maybe if the dealership didn't tell me I was "driving wrong" I would have listened to them.
this is not possible

oem replacement pads maybe
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Old 03-29-2009, 10:48 PM   #7
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stock pads are garbage

you WERE driving wrong to cause pad deposits on the rotors

I have been driving 30+ years and have NEVER had this happen.

http://www.stoptech.com/tech_info/wp...rakedisk.shtml

read that and see if maybe you can adjust your driving style
Holy crap! I had no idea that there was so much involved in breaking in brakes. I just did my rotors this weekend because they vibrated under heavy braking, I thought I knew what I was doing all these years. Thanks man.
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Old 03-30-2009, 09:42 AM   #8
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stock pads are garbage

you WERE driving wrong to cause pad deposits on the rotors

I have been driving 30+ years and have NEVER had this happen.

http://www.stoptech.com/tech_info/wp...rakedisk.shtml

read that and see if maybe you can adjust your driving style
Thanks, but I've already read that. Why would new pads eliminate brake vibration? My guess is that the new pads replaced the old pad material (that was uneven) with an even layer of the new pad material. How did the uneven layer happen? dunno. I'm always careful not to keep the brakes locked after a hard stop. What I was trying to convey with my post is that replacing the brake pads eliminated the brake vibration.

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this is not possible

oem replacement pads maybe
Yup, that's what I meant...

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