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turning rotors and pricing #4555661
10/26/17 09:29 PM
10/26/17 09:29 PM
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Washington for now
WhyMe Offline OP
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i want to get my rotors turned with the next brake job. i called around a couple of places. Orielys wanted $25 a rotor. pep boys wanted $52.50.

i know many times its cheaper to just buy a new rotor and slap it on. so are these guys just pricing rotor turning to get you to buy a new rotor instead?

how much do you guys pay for rotor turning?

Re: turning rotors and pricing [Re: WhyMe] #4555668
10/26/17 09:37 PM
10/26/17 09:37 PM
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Bothell, WA
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It's $15 per rotor for turning here in Bothell area last time I checked, but I have been buying new rotors from Rockauto for few dollars more. I started buying Raybestos brand from Rockauto because Bosch rotors started to warp on two vehicles with less than 5K miles.



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Re: turning rotors and pricing [Re: WhyMe] #4555681
10/26/17 09:46 PM
10/26/17 09:46 PM
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New Jersey
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New Jersey
They have to pay their $15/hr clerk, which with all the taxes and benefits, is $30/hr or more. Not only do they turn it for 10 minutes, but they also set up and clean up. Ends up being 30 minutes of work.

Then the store needs to make 100% profit on the cost.

Seems OK...

Its only because China dumps steel here that you can get the replacements so cheap. If you actually had to pay one of your unemployed countrymen to have to make it, it would likely be more $.

Re: turning rotors and pricing [Re: WhyMe] #4555686
10/26/17 09:54 PM
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A lot of rotors will not have enough meat after turning. Measure before turning.


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Re: turning rotors and pricing [Re: WhyMe] #4555702
10/26/17 10:07 PM
10/26/17 10:07 PM
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MA
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Most people have given up turning rotors. Not really worth it anymore unless your rotors are $100-$200 each. Even then it may be a toss up. Once you get them turned, then they are thinner and they warp more easily. So it'd be a waste to spend the money turning them and then have them warped 6-12 months later and you'd have to buy new rotors anyway. Then you're out the cost of the turning and you have to do the brake job all over again.

Just buy new rotors.

Re: turning rotors and pricing [Re: Wolf359] #4555714
10/26/17 10:20 PM
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That and how they are installed. … seen everything from slip right off to tear into a bunch of driveline kit … so for all that work (or cost if paying a mechanic) ~ get a new frisbee … maybe slotted and rust free …

Re: turning rotors and pricing [Re: WhyMe] #4555718
10/26/17 10:23 PM
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It was about $15/ea last time I had some turned.


"Think of all the Ford owners who will someday want an automobile." John Dodge

Re: turning rotors and pricing [Re: WhyMe] #4555728
10/26/17 10:31 PM
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Georgia
AVB Offline
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I personally prefer resurfaced oem rotors over cheap new rotors, but as a technician, it is not worth my time to turn rotors.

Re: turning rotors and pricing [Re: AVB] #4555771
10/26/17 11:14 PM
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Marshfield , MA
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Originally Posted By: AVB
I personally prefer resurfaced oem rotors over cheap new rotors, but as a technician, it is not worth my time to turn rotors.
School me please, what is a resurfaced rotor? I pad slap before the rotor get chewed. I use cheap dusty pads that don't chew up rotors.Often time a "warped" rotor just has pad material built up, creating a shudder.You can wire wheel it off. Heavy grit aluminum oxide sand paper works too. grin2


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Re: turning rotors and pricing [Re: WhyMe] #4555785
10/26/17 11:30 PM
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Georgia
AVB Offline
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Turned on a lathe.

Re: turning rotors and pricing [Re: andyd] #4555791
10/26/17 11:43 PM
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Deplorable in apple valley, ca
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Originally Posted By: andyd
Originally Posted By: AVB
I personally prefer resurfaced oem rotors over cheap new rotors, but as a technician, it is not worth my time to turn rotors.
School me please, what is a resurfaced rotor? I pad slap before the rotor get chewed. I use cheap dusty pads that don't chew up rotors.Often time a "warped" rotor just has pad material built up, creating a shudder.You can wire wheel it off. Heavy grit aluminum oxide sand paper works too. grin2
I have never seen pad deposits in 35 yrs of brake jobs on customers cars. Never! Seen plenty of bent,warped rotors though. So bent that the bit only hits on 1/2 the rotor on each side and opposite sides.


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Re: turning rotors and pricing [Re: WhyMe] #4555793
10/26/17 11:44 PM
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Deplorable in apple valley, ca
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Btw we charge $15 each.


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Re: turning rotors and pricing [Re: spasm3] #4555796
10/26/17 11:49 PM
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Originally Posted By: spasm3
A lot of rotors will not have enough meat after turning. Measure before turning.


Not sure about the USA, but in Canada it's illegal to turn a rotor below the marked specification cast into the rotor. I've tried a few times to get shops to do it and they have always refused. Even a friend with a home machine shop (good manual stuff bought when shops dumped it and went CNC) was wary of doing work on brakes, such as re-machining a fitting on a calliper which is also against regulations. He wouldn't do it, and he's not afraid of the law, if you know what I mean.


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Re: turning rotors and pricing [Re: WhyMe] #4555873
10/27/17 05:13 AM
10/27/17 05:13 AM
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Indiana
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In my experience, Firestone has done a good job with brakes. They always have some sort of coupon on their website which includes turning the rotors. Untouched OE rotors can typically be turned once if you haven’t been driving around grinding the pads backing plates into them for a month while you procrastinated taking it in. Replacing rotors is when you get into the $500 brake job.


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Re: turning rotors and pricing [Re: Indydriver] #4555929
10/27/17 06:32 AM
10/27/17 06:32 AM
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How does this sound?

In the old days brake pads and shoes had asbestos material on 'em--soft.
The drums and rotors were harder steel. They'd show wear but the friction material would take the brunt of the wear. No?

Today, BOTH friction material AND rotor (drum) are softer so they both get "sacrificed".

I had a pair of rear rotors dressed and added new pads when I sold an '05 Saab last year.
They weren't heavily worn nor scored. After turning there was meat left on the rotors.

It really is case-by-case. That time it was worth it.

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