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Do the rotors have to be replaced when replacing front brake pads

Do the rotors have to be replaced when replacing the front brake disc pads? They both look and feel smooth. I have a 2004 Toyota 4Runner with 69K miles. This will be the first time the pads are being replaced.

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No they don't. If the feel smooth, then just change pads, if they are slightly scortched and feel slightly ruff, just have them turned.

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