Question #1: When switching from organic to ceramic brake pads, on a scale of 1-10, how important is it to resurface or replace perfectly good rotors?
Question #2: Can the perfectly good rotors be hand-sanded instead of resurfaced?
- I am planning to give my 2018 Nissan Altima with 150,000 miles to my 23-year-old son who like most young men drive fast and brake hard.
- The only thing flagged by a pre-purchase inspection at a local Nissan dealership was replacing the aftermarket organic brake pads and they provided me with a quote for installing new OEM organic brake pads. (They said the rotors do not need to be resurfaced or replaced.)
- I am planning to do the brake job with parts from an online vendor.
- A local independent brake shop said the pads need to be replaced, but the rotors are in great shape, recommended ceramic pads based on my son's driving habits, and provided me with two quotes:
- Installing new aftermarket OEM-compliant organic brake pads, and
- Installing new ceramic brake pads and replacing the rotors.
- The brake shop said despite the excellent condition of the rotors, when changing the pad type from organic to ceramic, the rotors should be resurfaced or replaced and they recommend replacing them because it will be cheaper than resurfacing them.