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Mazda 323 brake pad/rotor issues

Asked by John Sexton

My wife recently had the 60,000 km service done on her 2003 Mazda 323 at the local Mazda dealer and they informed her she needed new front brake pads, which was done, and then they found that there was a shuddering in the vehicle when the brakes were applied and informed us they would have to get four new rotors as the present ones were perished. Shouldn't you machine the rotors when you install new brake pads, and should the rotors perish after only 52,000 km?

Answered by CarsGuide

17 Feb 2011 Graham Smith

Most mechanics would skim the rotors when changing pads, and at 52,000 km I would expect that's all you would need to do. On heavier cars I wouldn't be surprised to hear that the rotors were worn, but on a light car like that I would expect longer life. While I can only speculate on your case, I can say that some dealers simply prefer to replace parts rather than repair, or in your case, machine them. They can make more money out of supplying and fitting the new parts than be doing what an old time mechanic might do.

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