service areas August 10, 2018

Brake Rotor Resurfacing Alexandria, VA

Resurfacing the brake rotors on an Alexandria, VA auto can extend the life on many types of rotors on most foreign and domestic vehicles. Not every brand can be resurfaced though, and it is not always the best option for every car owner who brings their vehicle into Wiygul Automotive.

To begin with, resurfacing a brake rotor is not like laying a new finish on a wood floor. Technicians do remove grooves or cuts, smooth down the surface and apply a new coating. Resurfacing a rotor requires cutting down its surface. It is a process that can rematch a single rotor which has worn differently compared to the other three.

Rotors that can be resurfaced have a recommended minimum level from the manufacturer, and Wiygul technicians do not exceed that. Even rotors cut to that level, however, are still thinner and therefore more vulnerable to warping and overheating. Both types of damage can reduce brake performance which can mean the difference between striking the car in front of you or safely braking in an emergency.

Replacing the brake rotors returns each automobile braking system to its maximum performance. It is an important safety issue, especially at high speeds, and is why many European carmakers like Volkswagen or BMW discourage resurfacing and do not provide minimum rotor levels. Some U.S. domestic automakers use slightly different models called captive rotors. The cost of brake rotor resurfacing at our Alexandria, VA clinic for these types often exceed the price to buy new replacements, so we do not recommend resurfacing for them.

Wiygul Automotive recommends an annual brake inspection as part of a routine maintenance schedule for every type of vehicle on the road. An inspection catches issues when they are still minor and repairable before they become much larger problems which can run into hundreds of dollars in replacement costs or fail on a wet road and cause an accident.

To get started, each Wiygul Automotive Clinic offers a free, visual brake inspection. It includes items such as checking the level and clarity of the brake fluid, a rotor inspection, and measuring brake pad thickness. If our technicians find a problem requiring repair, they describe the problem and an estimated cost.

Brake rotor resurfacing on an Alexandria, VA car can also help remove surface rust to restore efficiency. Regardless if an owner decides to push back the need for a new pair of rotors or wants to do it immediately, Wiygul recommends replacing all rotors at around 70,000 miles of use.

If you want to resurface brake rotors or need another type of brake servicing for your auto, contact Wiygul Automotive Clinic. Call 866-702-8050 today to find a location near you and schedule an appointment.


Additional information on rotors was used from this website

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