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We have a 2001 SLK320 with about 41K miles and the front pads are getting down. I would like to replace them and turn the rotors (no scoring and never been done before), but the dealer told me "you don't turn the rotors - you just replace them". Does that sound to be true, or have others turned the rotors without a problem?
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Dealer is correct - Mercedes rotors are not to be turned.

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Thanks. Any suggestions on rotors? I am basically looking for equal to factory type. My wife never goes over speed limit and the car is never driven hard. I saw Balos, Zimmermans, for about $50-60 each and "aftermarket oem replacements" for like $40 each.

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Do your rotors need to be replaced? Typically, they will last 2 sets of pads. And no, MB does not recommend turning rotors.

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I have to mike them, but I would say they are fine, except for the fine grooves like a phonograph record. With domestic cars and trucks, I usually like to have them cleaned up to provide a new seating surface for the new pads. Can I just put new pads on here, assuming the rotors are still thick enough? Should I scuff them up or leave them as they are? This will be the first set of pads to be put on since new.

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Just put on new ones, they will seat fine, MB pads are soft. Just make sure you haven't gone under the spec for thickness.

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Thanks. I was thinking of using Jurid pads that I saw online. They are listed as OEM. Should they be okay?

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Go with Balo discs and Pagid pads, you will be very happy.

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