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Why do I have to replace my brake disc rotors when all I need is just brake pads?

At each service, your vehicles brakes are checked by way of a visual inspection and on-road inspection. In addition to these testing methods your brakes are checked via our SafeTstop. When the visual inspection is carried out of your brakes we inspect how much of the brake pad compound is remaining and we measure the thickness of your disc rotors.

Most times when your vehicle requires brakes to be replaced, only your brake pads will replacement. If your disc rotors are requiring replacement this will be due to either the disc rotors being below minimum thickness or because they warped. If the disc rotors are warped, you'll usually be feeling shudder when your vehicle is braking.

For our European customers, you will usually require new disc rotors every second brake pad change.

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How often should I service my car?

So, what’s the magic number? Well, most car manufacturers suggest every six months to a year or every 10,000kms, whichever comes first. But keep in mind, this is just for an average vehicle. Cars that perform more heavy duty tasks are advised to have more frequent services. Plus, if you drive an older car, it might be worth booking in a little earlier and keeping a close eye on your odometer. Good mechanical repairers should look at your car and individually diagnose it (just like if it were a person going to the doctor - everyone’s different!).