service areas August 10, 2018

Brake Rotor Resurfacing Ft. Washington, MD

Resurfacing brake rotors on your Ft. Washington, MD automobile is a method that can extend the life of almost every type of rotor on most domestic and foreign vehicles. There are some drawbacks however that every automobile owner needs to be aware of before bringing their car into a Wiygul Automotive Clinic.

First off, resurfacing a brake rotor is not like resurfacing a wood floor. Our technicians do not smooth out a surface and then apply a new coating. Resurfacing means that they cut down the surface of the rotor. It is a useful technique that can be used to match a single rotor that has worn differently compared to the other three rotors.

The cuts our technician makes bring that rotor to a point where it now matches, but it also brings certain risks. Rotors that can be resurfaced have a manufacturer’s recommended minimum level, and Wiygul technicians do not go below that. Even rotors cut to that level, however, are still thinner and therefore more likely to warp and overheat. That reduces brake efficiency which can be the difference between safely braking and a crash in an emergency.

Replacing the rotors means that each automobile braking system goes back to operating at maximum performance. It is an important safety issue and is why European carmakers like BMW and Volkswagen discourage resurfacing and do not provide minimum levels for cutting their rotors. On domestic models that use captive rotors, the cost of brake rotor resurfacing at our Ft. Washington, MD clinic can exceed buying new replacements.

No matter if the issue is resurfacing rotors or replacing brake pads, Wiygul recommends an annual brake inspection for the type of vehicle on the road. As part of a routine maintenance schedule, the inspection ensures that issues can be caught and repaired or replaced before they become much larger problems which can run into hundreds or even thousands of dollars in costs or result in a failure that causes an accident.

That is why every Wiygul Automotive Clinic offers a free, visual brake inspection. It includes an examination of the rotors, measuring the thickness of the brake pads, and checking the level and clarity of the brake fluid. If our technicians find an issue we think you need to address, they describe the problem and a cost estimate.

Brake rotor resurfacing can help a Ft. Washington, MD car owner push back the need to purchase a new pair of rotors. Besides the need to keep wear even, light machining or cutting of the surface can remove surface rust to help restore efficiency. Even when resurfacing is an option, Wiygul recommends replacing rotors at around 70,000 miles of use.

If you need to replace or resurface brake rotors or need any other type of brake servicing, contact one of our Maryland clinics today. You can schedule an appointment in Ft. Washington or the location nearest to you by calling 866-702-8050. We are here for you.


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