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Location: Wichita, KS
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Re: OT -- turning rotors, what gives?
The reason the rotors must be turned on the car is because some genius at the Honda development facility decided it would be a great idea to bolt the rotor to the BACK of the hub. This means that in order to remove the rotors you must press the hub out, which usually destroys the bearing.
Go to any larger brake shop(Pep Boys, Mieneke, Midas,etc.) and they can turn them cheaper. If you are fighting a shimmie in the steering wheel during brakeing, you only need the front turned. If it is felt in the pedal, you can check to see if it is the rears by driving at the speed it occurs at and LIGHTLY applying the park brake. This activates the rear brakes only by mechanical means. If it shakes only with the park brake, it is the rears.
Oh ya, it is usually a good idea to replace the brake pads any time you machine rotors due to the different smoothness between the old pad and new rotor face not giveing as good contact surface. In the same line, its a good idea to resurface rotors when replacing pads for the same reason.
Hope this helps......