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I just had my mechanic to tell me that my roto's on the front of

My 2005 malibu were warped, what does this mean?? he said my pads were worn a lil but rotors werewarped?? how expensive is this to reapir , and would like a picture of rotor please?

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Resurfacing rotors is not very expensive should be $40 to $80 . I believe you have brake pulsation . if so your mechanic is right and rotors are the round disk that pads grab on.

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