How would you know? The only effect of warped rotors would be that the caliper slides back and forth on the slide pins alot, but it doesn't affect how the brakes respond. If you're assuming they're warped because the brake pedal goes up and down when you press on the brakes, that's not because the rotors are warped; it's because they have pad material fused to them, making them thicker in some areas than others. If you want to assumed they are warped, go right ahead. Rotors that are actually warped cannot be turned (machined), but those affected by having pad material on them could be. However, for either problem, the easiest, and often the most economical solution is to replace the rotors, anyway.Mine are warped, no doubt about it.
The fact is: The discs were never warped at all. Every warped brake disc that we’ve investigated with the assistance of our suppliers shows uneven patches of friction material from the brake pads on the surface of the disc. These patches cause variation in thickness (run-out) and the vibration under braking. Brake manufacturers have been struggling to deal with this situation for years because warped discs are so readily blamed for brake-related vibrations.
I wouldn't know. I haven't had any rotors turned in the last 25 years. Even when I could still find a machine shop to do it, the hassle wouldn't have been worth the few bucks (if any at all) I could save.Of course even when they turn them they probably can't tell the difference.
I don't doubt that both conditions may happen, but as I said, the preferred solution is the same regardless - replacement of the rotors.While that may be true in some instances, I have seen plenty of rotors that are actually warped as a professional automotive tech. In the Honda world the 09-15 pilots and 12-17 odysseys constantly have rotors warping. The exact reason I am unsure, but I speculate it had something to do with the front and rear brakes being undersized for the vehicles. Front's being undersized allowing for a greater build up of heat in the rotors and rears being undersized causing the fronts to work harder. For the odysseys Honda even updated the rotor design for improved cooling.
Not trying to start a fight. You're sure that these hundreds are rotors were actually the same thickness face to face at all locations, but 'shifted' forward and back as they went around? They weren't actually thicker in some areas than others?Rotors do warp... I have resurfaced hundreds of rotors because of warping as a mechanic.
So you're saying you never measured the thickness of the rotors, you just machined them until the faces were flat? If that's the case, you don't really know if they were warped or just thicker in some areas.All I know is that they were in fact warped and resurfacing them cured their shaky steering wheels while braking afterwards.
Good for you. Many others could claim the same. That doesn't prove that you're right. Since machining the rotors works for either problem, the fact that maching the rotors resolved the issue is not evidence that your assumption of the cause is correct.I've been repairing and maintaining cars and trucks for over 45 years now.
I never said rotors never get warped (See post #28). Neither did the article I linked to. I just called into question your assertion that all of the rotors you've machined over the years were all warped, as opposed to being thicker from deposited pad material. From what I've read, both conditions do occur. Only by putting a caliper on the rotor at multiple locations and comparing the measurements would you be able to tell which condition the rotors suffer from. The solution is the same, but the causes are different, and the issue with deposited pad material is preventable with proper break-in of new rotors and pads.Has enough people in here convince you to rotors warping?
I have, although it's not as obvious to the eye as you might think, especially with metallic pads. Pulsing brakes are a classic sign of this condition. Mine originated with an emergency braking situation and actually got worse over the next months.Ive never seen brake pad material (fuse) to rotors or drums. Thats on motorcycles to tractor trailers and everything in between.
Me too. As I said, I posted the article about the brake pad deposits so people would be aware that proper bedding/break-in can prevent this problem. Also, many times warped rotors cannot be turned, because they would be too thin if you did, but ones with deposits could be. Granted, I can't find a machine shop around here that even turns rotors as a regular thing, so the prices to have it done are more than new rotors. There's also far less hassle and downtime to replace them.Brakes pulsate, I buy new rotors. I don’t care whether it is brake pad deposits or warpage.
I'd be interested in hearing from someone knowledgeable on the subject, which you seem to be. I've read alot that says ceramic are the best, but that comes from places that are trying to sell them, so I don't know if that's really true.So if you want more to argue about discuss the difference, benefits, issues between metallic and what we'll call Nao type pads, those being the run of the mill pads that 99.9% of cars use.