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Do I need new rotors if steering wheel shakes after I got new front brake pads?

(2001 Honda Accord)
in Potwin, KS on October 28, 2012
Car has 78,000 miles. I just had front brake pads replaced. Afterward, steering wheel has been shaking when I brake. (Never did that before.)The service shop (a Honda dealership) said they resurfaced the rotors, applied the pads, and their measurements were fine. But, they said that after 3-4 resurfacings the rotors might get too thin and warp, even though their measurements didn't show this, and that I probably need new rotors. Are they telling me the truth? Is it safe for me to drive the car in this condition? Are new rotors to be expected after 78,000 miles?
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on October 28, 2012
In order to answer you more accurately , two things would be helpful. How many miles from the dealership did you get before you noticed the vibration? second , has it ever had the front pads replaced before? Answer those honestly , and I can give you some info that will hopefully be of good use.
on October 28, 2012
I noticed the vibration on my first ride from the dealership, within a few miles.
After 78,000 miles, yes, I've had the front brakes pads replaced before.
on October 28, 2012
If they resurfaced the rotors and the final measurement (thickness) was greater than 21mm. (.83in.) then the vibration is either from incorrect resurfacing or incorrect torquing of the lug nuts. If they were notified of this problem(by you) soon after the job was done and the measurement was above the limit , then they should fix it under warranty. If there was some reason stated to you beforehand , that they were reluctant to turn the rotors , then this might be disputed. I can't make that call , since I didn't see the rotors. What you have on your side , is having the dealership doing the work , with their parts and using hondas recommended (required , as far as the dealership I work at goes) resurfacing procedure , the on-car lathe ,there is no reason it should vibrate. Of coarse , there is no reason for someone , as far as i"m concerned, to use so many commas in a sentence, either . Good luck , and stick to your .........well I was gonna say guns but that's probably not the right thing to say now. Anyhow I hope they treat you right. From my angle of being just a lowly 'tech.' , if I didn't test drive it (quality control) before returning it to the customer , I would be at fault and have to re-do my work for free. I do enough other guys come-backs , I don't want anymore , next time test drive with the tech before you leave , maybe?
on October 29, 2012
Thanks, ziptie. I will ask the shop for the measurements. I intend to fight for my rights. I won't let them bamboozle me.
One more question. Is there a danger in driving the car in this condition? I won't have time to get to the shop for a few days. If it's urgent, I'll manage to do it sooner.
on October 30, 2012
No , no danger , just annoying! Maybe you'd be doing the service manager a favor by asking if the on-car lathe they use , is by any chance a 'PRO-CUT' brand , that's what we've been using for over a year now , with VERY good results (and a good profit margin for him!)
on October 28, 2012
yes, you need new rotors.
on October 28, 2012
And have a different shop install them.
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