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Old 06-23-2009, 01:13 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question can I replace one rotor (not the pair)?

My rear driver side rotor is warped my passenger side is fine.

Am I supposed to repair/replace the pair or is it not really a big deal to do just one?
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replace the pair, or have both resurfaced.
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replace the pair, or have both resurfaced.
Why do you/they/mechanics suggest this?

(I'm not questioning you I'm just trying to understand why.)
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Well, its not completely necessary to change both if only one is flawed.

But you really do want both your left and right sides operating at the same specs/rating. You don't want one side stopping harder than the other. It really is safest to change both at once (when it comes to sides).

I think its ok if you do just front or backs...
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yea, its a safety issue. as zhieson stated, you want both sides stopping and doing the same amount of work. but you can just do both front or both backs, not all four, but you should all ways do both L and R in the front and or rear whenever doing brake work.
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As stated above, replace both. It's also better because they usually will get the same life span, so if you replace one now, you may have to replace the other soon, and it will be more work.
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In reality, there is no reason you'd have to change both rotors out, changing only one rotor is fine as long as it is identical to the other.

The main reason most would say you should replace them as a pair is because

1 - Your pads are bedded in to the rotors already, replacing one rotor will create unequal stopping force until the pads have bed with the new rotor.

2 - You'll need to keep track of the used rotor, you don't want it to reach the minimal thickness and become a hazard.

Personally, rotors are cheap so I would change them both.
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