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      I usually go to OReilly to resurface the rotors, since I go there all the time (frequent customers), they resurface the rotors for FREE! Otherwise $10.

      Brand new rotors may not be perfectly flat. Best practice is to measure rotor runout before installing pads.

      Buy a cheapo "dial indicator" gauge from Harbor Freight ($15 or so):

      1" Travel Machinist's Dial Indicator

      Then once the Rotors are installed, measure runout.
      ---> If good, no need to do anything else.
      ---> If there is runout, take them out resurface them.

      PS:
      - Place the "dial indicator" gauge on solid surface such as brick/cinder block and tape it so it does not move.
      - Since the van is already on jackstand, it should be solid.
      - Then measure runout.
       
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      I usually go to OReilly to resurface the rotors, since I go there all the time (frequent customers), they resurface the rotors for FREE! Otherwise $10.

      Brand new rotors may not be perfectly flat. Best practice is to measure rotor runout before installing pads.

      Buy a cheapo "dial indicator" gauge from Harbor Freight ($15 or so):

      1" Travel Machinist's Dial Indicator

      Then once the Rotors are installed, measure runout.
      ---> If good, no need to do anything else.
      ---> If there is runout, take them out resurface them.

      PS:
      - Place the "dial indicator" gauge on solid surface such as brick/cinder block and tape it so it does not move.
      - Since the van is already on jackstand, it should be solid.
      - Then measure runout.
      I bought this together with the dial indicator. You clamp it to the strut or some other metal body part of the
      car. It has proven very useful.
      Max
       
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      Actually warped rotors do exist.
      It is just only one of the possible causes of vibration during braking.

      I have had a few of these warped rotors over the years and yes resurfacing helps.

      Just place a dial indicator over the rotor to confirm. About $14 at Harbor Freight:

      1" Travel Machinist's Dial Indicator
       

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