Originally Posted by HOKIES2010
Save a ton of money and do it on a weekend. Not a hard job to do at all.
Just be sure to set an appointment for your machine shop to turn rotors or you could end up still on jackstands in the driveway come monday when its time to go to work...
neglecting to turn em?
IMO and experience, that's worse than continuing to run the old pads until you can afford or have time to turn rotors - there is NO WAY the bedding on the rotors matches the new pads material - even IF the same pad part # - heat alters the pads over their life and inconsistencies across production runs can be slightly different. So the old bedding (shredded off particles of brake pad packed into the pores of the rotor at approximately .010 depth at micro level) is "cured" different than the new bedding - improperly bedded brakes can have a ton of problems. New pads on unturned rotors - the new pad material never shreds off into the pores as the OLD material is still in them - so you now have two differing materials - that may or may not generate the friction potential. Oh yea - they stop you at the light and most folks couldn't tell the difference. But pads are designed to achieve a low temp and not exceed an upper. If your material mismatch does not generate enough friction to reach the low temp - brakes are NOT as effective as they could be. Same if the mismatch now generates TOO MUCH - only now you have a risk of fracturing rotor, boiling brake fluid or just plain fading to nada while still trying to get stopped. And will they be good enough if your family's life depends on that last two inches of stopping distance? Not a risk I take with MY wife and kids!
It scares me knowing I have to share the road with people who drink 20.00 worth of beer while justifying saving 20.00-30.00 in not performing a PROPER brake job - and could easily be the one who takes out MY family.