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Why do my rotors wear out prematurely on my 02 dodge durango, what can I do to make them last longer. My pads are fine, my rotors are warped.

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Warping does not mean they are wearing out. What is happening is the rotors are getting too hot, too quickly. Waiting until the last moment to break for a redlight would do it, so would a drive-through food service place like McDonalds because of all the friction and heat generated in a relatively small area of the rotor.

It could be possible for your break calipers to not be mounted properly, but you would have heard some odd noises and the steering wheel would fight you every time you hit the brakes.

Be very mindful about how many times you have the rotors 'turned'. Making them too thin is a good way to destroy an entire vehicle when they suffer an epic failure. Youtube has several videos on driving tips to help you be easier on your vehicle and save money on gas.

Posted on May 29, 2010

  • luulabel448 May 30, 2010

    I neglected to mention, the the rotors were replaced only a two years ago, and they have never been turned. I don't think it's the way it's driven as I have been the primary driver for the life of the vehicle and the original rotors lasted a long time. A service repairman told me this was a flaw with the Durango's. I don't want to replace the rotors every two years, was looking for a solution to the problem.

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    Chris Pinterich Jun 01, 2010

    Let me clarify, you bought this vehicle new in 2002 and you replaced the rotors once, two years ago? That means the original rotors lasted for six years? Did you have them replaced with factory rotors or some other brand? Who else is driving the truck?

    Are the rotors warped just around the braking surface or does it look like the area around the hubs are warped too? Have the hubs ever been replaced? Is there any uneven rust on the hubs where it makes contact with the rotors? Anything under there look bent, broken or out of place?

    Are you certain that the recalls in 2004 and 2008 have been remedied?


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