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I recently purchased a 2017 Equinox from a Chevrolet dealer with 14k miles on it. One thing I noticed when checking out the thing was that the rotors had rust on them. I was thinking that it would be surface rust commonly found and asked the dealer to check it out. They came back and said the brakes were fine. I do know that that rust will normally disappear after some brake applications. Well, it didn't. Come to find out the vehicle had been sitting on the lot for 52 days. The rust is worse than I expected. It looks like I will have to change the rotors. I have not gone back to the dealer as most everything I have read says the rotors are regarded as wear items. I think they are too bad to turn.

What rotors can you recommend to go with and which ones should I avoid? I am not interested in drilled and/or slotted rotors.
 

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I know there are good life time warranted and cheap aftermarket brands and have in the past bought both. Now, I try to stick to OEM but I know they are expensive. I usually try to show the dealer the cost for the life time aftermarket and get them to match if possible works sometimes. But since you just bought the vehicle use that as leverage and try to get a great deal if you do but OEM rotors from them. Just have some prices on paper as to what you can buy as comparable. I forget the last time I even had rotors turned, my two cents.
 

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Loan that Nox to my wife for a week and she'll have that rotor rust off for you pronto quick. Although I've tried to point out the benefits of anticipating lights and coasting a bit, it falls off on deaf ears, you just don't teach an old woman anything she doesn't want to learn, not if you want supper or anything else. She also has a 17 Nox and we live in the rain prone and high humidity area of the low country in SC. I guess she can brag about not a spec of rust on her rotors, but I anticipate replacement of the OEM rotors and pads at around 50-60K, when they should be good for at least 100k.
 

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Well I just got back from my local dealer (not the one I bought from) and it looks like it will be covered under B2B because of the low mileage. They did say that it will have to be inspected but it should be no problem.
 

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Unless they are pitted or scored, the braking action of pad against rotor should clean them up without having to replace them. You have a dealer that is servicing to maintain "goodwill".
 

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The front rotors on my 2015 were replaced under warranty at 30,000 miles. Only warranty repair my vehicle needed while still under the 3/36 warranty. Now at 52,000 miles and it feels like they will need to be either turned or replaced soon. Still on the original brake pads all around.
 

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Unless they are pitted or scored, the braking action of pad against rotor should clean them up without having to replace them. You have a dealer that is servicing to maintain "goodwill".

I agree the surface rust should wear off with normal braking.


The only thing I can think of, the car may have sat in salt water for awhile.
If that's the case other parts under the car would be rusty.
 

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I won a 2012 GMC Terrain SLT 1 AWD. At 25k miles the brake pads had worn out. I decided to order a set of Disc Italia slotted/drilled rotors and the matching Kevlar pads. I have upgraded the brakes my 2007 Suzuki Grand Vitara Luxury and my 2015 Subaru Outback Limited 2.5i. The stopping power of the Disc Italia rotors and pads is so far and above the OEM parts, I would never go back. The rotors do not rust as my vehicles tend to sit in the driveway most of the time. For instance my Terrain has about 33k miles on it and my Outback about 22k. I also own a 2013 Mustang V6 Premium convertible. The Disc Italia parts are available from Brake World.
 

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Just a follow up on this situation. The dealer replaced all rotors and brake pads today under warranty. The rust was not a result of salt damage. The dealer said that GM told them that there had been a limited number of vehicles built with defective parts. GM said that less than 500 were affected. The rotors were not only rusted but pitted.
 

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Just a follow up on this situation. The dealer replaced all rotors and brake pads today under warranty. The rust was not a result of salt damage. The dealer said that GM told them that there had been a limited number of vehicles built with defective parts. GM said that less than 500 were affected. The rotors were not only rusted but pitted.
Glad they were able to resolve for you; sorry that you were one of the unfortunate ones with a defective set of rotors, but that explains why you were experiencing those conditions.
 
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