service areas August 10, 2018

Brake Rotor Resurfacing Reston, VA

Resurfacing your car’s brake rotors can extend their life and eliminate uneven wear. Not every model of foreign automaker allows for rotor resurfacing, though, and it is not always the best option for some U.S. automobile owners who bring their vehicles into one of our Wiygul Automotive Clinics.

Resurfacing brake rotors on Reston, VA vehicles is a precision process. Technicians cannot just remove cuts and grooves by sanding them down as can be done with a wood floor. It requires cutting or machining down the entire surface to a new level that eliminates the problem but does not compromise the physical integrity of the rotor. Resurfacing can restore one or two rotors to that have worn unevenly and match them to each other or the other two or three.

To properly resurface the rotor, the manufacturer must provide a recommended minimum level. Although it is a safe level, rotors cut to that point are still thinner than as sold, which makes each one more vulnerable to overheating and warping. These effects can reduce brake efficiency, which places the driver and passengers at a higher risk when there is the potential for an accident.

At Wiygul Automotive, we recommend annual brake inspections as part of a routine maintenance schedule for every car on the road. Annual brake checks allow our technicians to diagnose and repair minor issues before they can turn into larger problems requiring rotor and other brake component replacements.

Replacing brake rotors is more expensive than resurfacing, but they do help return the braking system to a level of maximum performance. Since this is an important safety issue, particularly at high speeds, some European carmakers, Volkswagen and BMW for example, do not recommend resurfacing brake rotors and refuse to provide minimum levels.

Here in the U.S., some domestic automakers use a slightly different brake rotor called a captive brake rotor in several of their models. It is mounted behind the hub but otherwise functions the same. The cost for resurfacing this brake rotor design at our Reston, VA and other clinics usually exceeds the price of buying a replacement, so we do not recommend it.

Wiygul Automotive offers a free, brake inspection to new customers. It includes a visual check of the brake calipers, discs and rotors, measuring brake pad thickness, and more. If our technicians discover an issue needing immediate attention, they provide the car owner a detailed report of the problem with an estimated cost for parts and labor.

Brake rotor resurfacing for Reston, VA cars also removes surface rust to increase brake performance. Wiygul recommends replacing all brake rotors after 70,000 miles of use, regardless if you have resurfaced them or not. If you need any brake servicing for your vehicle, call Wiygul Automotive today at 866-702-8050 to find one of our clinics near you to schedule an appointment.


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