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Can you turn brake rotors on a lathe?

Can you turn brake rotors on a lathe?

Re: Turning Brake Roters on a shop lathe. I’ve machined rotors on an engine lathe. It can be done, but you best make the proper setup, otherwise the surfaces won’t be parallel, so braking is lumpy. The best scenario is if you can machine both faces without reversing the rotor, which will ensure parallelism.

What is the benefit of using an on the car brake lathe for turning brake rotors?

Many shops that have a bench lathe also own an on-car lathe. Why? Because an on-car lathe greatly reduces rotor runout, which in turn reduces the risk of pedal pulsation, uneven wear and brake job comebacks.

Can brake rotors be turned?

Your rotors can be turned (rotated), machines and still be within factory guidelines, but this usually leaves them thin whereby leaving them to warp or vibrate. The cost for turning a rotor runs anywhere from $15 to $25 per rotor.

Can I resurface my rotors myself?

Take the brake rotor to a local machine shop to have it turned. Rotors cannot be turned by an amateur, since the process requires special equipment and special skills to be done properly. The machine shop will be able to look up the minimum thickness of your brake rotor to determine if it is still usable.

Is it better to resurface or replace rotors?

Some vehicle manufacturers even require that you replace your rotors rather than resurface them. Otherwise, most industry experts suggest that you should replace them every 30-70K miles. In any case, if the rotors are beyond resurfacing, replacement is your only option.

How much does a brake lathe cost?

The revolutionary RL-8500 combination brake lathe uses independent DC servo motors to control the cross-feed and spindle feed drives, eliminating the need for complex mechanical gear boxes and transmissions typically found on mechanically-driven brake lathes. Starting at $8,260 + FREE SHIPPING! FREE SHIPPING!

What can happen if you accidentally get oil or grease on a brake disc during installation?

This could cause a dangerous brake pull. What can happen if you accidentally get oil or grease on a brake disc during installation? Grease will burn and harden on the friction lining and cause brake squeal. What should be done if a drum is rusted to the axle flange?

Is it cheaper to resurface or replace rotors?

Pros: Cost: It is sometimes cheaper to replace the rotor than to resurface the rotor. You can get after-market brake rotors for a fairly low price, making it more cost-effective than either spending time doing the labor of resurfacing yourself or hiring and paying someone else to resurface your rotors.

Are rotor resurfacing worth it?

How much does it cost to resurface a rotor?

As mentioned in our intro, if there is enough thickness of the rotors, then a mechanic may recommend resurfacing the part. If so, the costs, from what we researched, can range anywhere from $40 to $65 per rotor based on these factors at a mechanic and almost double this at a local dealership.