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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 06-28-2011, 11:46 AM Thread Starter
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Are rotors covered under warranty

I'm getting a shake in the steering when braking. Dealer says I need front pads and rotors. Says they are not covered under the warranty. I know pads are not covered but rotors are not on the list of excluded items listed in my warranty booklet. I have 34,000 miles. Has anyone had rotors replaced under warranty?
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Re: Are rotors covered under warranty

I dont know your answer specifically. As I know theyve modified the warranty in the past few yrs to exclude certain things.
(the 100K powertrain).
Im also not sure if they fall under the bumper to bumper either.

But if it turns out they are not covering it under warranty... what are they quoting you on the price?
then would you consider doing it yourself?
The front brakes on these are fairly simple to remove.
The rotors- you can probably have them turned at a local auto parts. A place near me charged $10 per rotor to turn.
Just make sure you use a torque wrench to tighen up the lug nuts and others.
Somebody rotate your tires recently? if they didnt use a torque wrench that could be where the vibration came from.

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They will most likely not cover them. Which is bad because if you have had them rotating your tires they are most likely using a air gun to put them back on and not torquing them to the correct ft pounds.

This warps rotors every time.

The only other cause is excessive heavy braking which will not allow the rotors to cool properly and they overheat and warp.

I have and do always re-torque my tires every time my vehicle goes in for service and have never had on vehicle except for my GTP have warped rotors.

The GTP brakes were not good enough for the power the car had. Once I went to ceramic pads and vented/slotted and cross drilled rotors I never had an issue again with brakes on that car.

I will not the Traverse wears pads fast..

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I'll definitely do it myself. They want $95 for pads (12,000 mile warranty), $54 each for rotors and $75 labor. I can get ACDelco ceramic pads with a lifetime warranty for $64 from Rock Auto. I just need to find someone local to turn the rotors.
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My stealership was charging me $225++ per axle. If I were you, DIY it or buy pads at your local parts dealer (so you can keep parts receipt for lifetime warranty) and have a nearby auto repair shop do it. To give you an idea, Autozone sells very nice ceramic pads for $59+ with lifetime warranty, you'll never have to buy brake pads again! I inquired that Velasquez and sons charges $80++ for labor and rotor machining.
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I'll definitely do it myself. They want $95 for pads (12,000 mile warranty), $54 each for rotors and $75 labor. I can get ACDelco ceramic pads with a lifetime warranty for $64 from Rock Auto. I just need to find someone local to turn the rotors.
I'm not a fan of turning rotors. It depends if the rotor is warped (not likely) and how much built-up pad material is on the surface of the rotor. Turning it may or may not remove a significant amount of metal, which will decrease the thermal mass of the rotor, which leads to more brake fade because the rotor temperature will increase, due to less metal to absorb the heat produced by applied pad friction.

When I developed brake shake @ 28k miles, I replaced the front brakes with Akebono ProAct pads and GM rotors.

Whatever you do, please break-in the new pads when initially installed. Start @ 40 mph and brake moderately to just above 0 mph, never fully stopping, accelerate to 40... repeat 10 times, then drive enough distance to enable the brakes to cool.

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Just like XRD said...
heres what the bulleting for the techs say...

TIP: If the brake pads and rotors are replaced, it is important to burnish the new brake linings.
Perform the burnishing procedure in a safe manner and in compliance with all local and state ordinances/laws regarding motor vehicle operation. Perform the procedure on dry pavement only.

Drive the vehicle 25-35 MPH and perform 10 separate brake applies from this MPH to a stop. Allow the brakes to cool down (15-30 minutes) and repeat the 10 brake applies at the stated MPH. Allow the brakes to cool down again and perform the procedure one final time

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Re: Are rotors covered under warranty

Dear bobinvt,

I have read your post about the brake situation that you are experiencing. For me to thoroughly exhaust my resources on your situation, could you please tell me what model year your is your Traverse and how many miles you currently have on it?

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There are slotted/cross drilled rotors available for the traverse. They work much better as they clear the break dust and cool better.

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Michelle,

It is a 2009 LTZ, mileage is 34100.

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