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Any drawbacks to resurfacing? How much does it typically cost?
No real draw backs. You'll have a smoother surface, so your braking should be better/smoother (assuming your rotor surface is a little uneven). You can only resurface so many times before you'll need a new rotor.
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Has anyone had their rotors resurfaced at Autozone? They have signs up that they do it for cheap but I was wondering if they have good equipment, etc? Any good/bad experiences?
Does it really matter where you get it done, Autozone, Napa, Pepboys, dealer, etc? No it doesn't. What matters is the person behind the lathe. Does the person take his time to remove the bare minimum on each pass regardless of how long it takes and not to over heat the cutting bit? Or is he aggressive on each pass so he can get to his next job? Does he take the time to remove and rust that might be in the center bore of the rotor before mounting on the lathe? Does he take the time to apply a sanding disc on the rotor surface after it's been resurface in order to get a nice cross-cut pattern? This person can work at anyone of those places, likewise yahoos unlike him can work at these places also.
Yeah, my local autozone and kragen used to do machine work like resurfacing. They send it to a local garage to get it done. If you wanna save some bucks, goto a garage directly. If you want convenience, autozone/kragen should be ok. pepboyz near me does it in-house.
Most of your big chain parts places that do do it are very strict on thickness tolerances, mostly because of insurance purposes. We now have a brake lathe at our repair shop, and my dad is particular with his stadegy of doing them. The minnum thickness is the key for them not to re-warp in a short amount of time. The thinner they are the easier they warp. Try to find a reputable place if u want to resurface and if you decide to replace BEWARE of the CHEAP line rotors. There material is crappy and u will be unbolting them again in no time. Stick to USA made, they have proven to be better from what we have seen.