Disc brake rotor. Brake drum

Disc brake rotor

The rotor braking surfaces should not be refinished unless necessary.

Light surface rust and scale can be removed with a lathe equipped with dual sanding discs. The rotor surfaces can be restored by machining in a disc brake lathe if surface scoring and wear are light.

Replace the rotor under the following conditions:

  • severely scored
  • tapered
  • hard spots
  • cracked
  • below minimum thickness


Measure rotor thickness at the center of the brake shoe contact surface. Replace the rotor if worn below minimum thickness, or if machining would reduce thickness below the allowable minimum.

Rotor minimum thickness is usually specified on the rotor hub. The specification is either stamped or cast into the hub surface.


Check rotor lateral runout with dial indicator C-3339 (Fig. 7). Excessive lateral runout will cause brake pedal pulsation and rapid, uneven wear of the brake shoes. Position the dial indicator plunger approximately 25.4 mm (1 in.) inward from the rotor edge. Maximum allowable rotor runout is 0.102 mm (0.004 in.).

Fig. 7 Checking Rotor Runout And Thickness Variation Fig. 7 Checking Rotor Runout And Thickness Variation



Variations in rotor thickness will cause pedal pulsation, noise and shudder.

Measure rotor thickness at 6 to 12 points around the rotor face (Fig. 8).

Position the micrometer approximately 25.4 mm (1 in.) from the rotor outer circumference for each measurement.

Thickness should not vary by more than 0.013 mm (0.0005 in.) from point-to-point on the rotor. Machine or replace the rotor if necessary.

Fig. 8 Measuring Rotor Thickness Fig. 8 Measuring Rotor Thickness



Brake drum

The maximum allowable diameter of the drum braking surface is indicated on the drum outer edge.

Generally, a drum can be machined to a maximum of 1.52 mm (0.060 in.) oversize. Always replace the drum if machining would cause drum diameter to exceed the size limit indicated on the drum.


Measure drum diameter and runout with an accurate gauge. The most accurate method of measurement involves mounting the drum in a brake lathe and checking variation and runout with a dial indicator.

Variations in drum diameter should not exceed 0.069 mm (0.0028 in.). Drum runout should not exceed 0.18 mm (0.007 in.) out of round. Machine the drum if runout or variation exceed these values.

Replace the drum if machining causes the drum to exceed the maximum allowable diameter.

    Dodge Durango (DN) 1998-2003 Service Manual


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