Do you have to replace rotors when you replace brake pads?

Carolyn Nickels

Asked by Nov 04, 2014 at 07:56 AM about the 2011 Kia Soul Sport

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I was told by my mechanic than rotors HAVE to be replaced when replacing brake pads.  I did not think this was true but he said the car would shake if I did not.

3 Answers


No not necessarily. If they are warped you would have felt a pulsing in the brake peddle. Do you feel a pulse in the brake peddle?

Mark Grignon

It depends. Do your car shake now when applying the brakes? If they are the front brakes I typically replace the rotors depending on their condition. If there is excessive wear, large grooves, or if they are warped (which would cause shaking when applying the brakes) I will replace them. The rear rotors are not used as much since the weight transfer when applying the brakes is shifted to the front. I will typically go through 2 sets of pads before replacing, again, depending on condition.

Levi Wilson

Only if they are bad and can't be turned

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