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Warped Rotors after not driving for 15 days

We have a 2008 Kia Rondo EX-L. Recently got all brakes and rotors replaced in August 2018. Didn't drive the car between May 4-May 20 2019, except for 1 time in the middle for about 10 minutes.

After May 20, we noticed a slight vibration when braking and took it to the dealer. The dealer said that the rotor warped due to not being driven. Said that Kia's are meant to be driven regularly and not sit idle.

They were going to turn the rotor but when the technician started, he measured and found that it was too thin to turn. How can this be if the rotor is not even a year old and less than 10,000 km?

They said that it's not a safety issue and we can just leave it as is.

I'm wondering if this sound legit? Should there be a warranty on the rotors? I wouldn't have thought not driving for 2 weeks would cause this. If they were new rotors what are they too thin to turn?

Any advise if appreciated. Thanks!

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WOW, you took an out of warranty car to a dealer?

Warped due to not driving car? This is pure BS. Run away from that place.
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My guess is that your brakes seized during that 15 days, your rotor got really hot and warped after driving the car (especially after then hitting a water hole) and worn the rotor at the same time. Caliper could have lock but in my experience with my Rondo, that happened to me and I found that I forgot to put lube on one side of the brake shoe guide! Your dealer is BS and finding poor excuse for their bad brake job!
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Thumbs down It may not be a warped rotor, check for less obvious problems.

Today's service advisors are salesmen. Forty (40) years ago they were seasoned, retired, or disabled mechanics who could be depended upon for their expertise. A vibration when braking is not always a warped rotor, it could be any of the 11 year old front suspension parts. Get the front suspension inspected by an honest mechanic/ alignment and brake shop. If the shop doesn't have a wheel alignment rack, it's probably the wrong shop.
Since you have an 11 year old Rondo, it may be wise to replace the rubber brake hoses that feed the fluid to the caliper. Typical rubber brake hoses collapse internally and act as a check valve instead of an hose. This applies to any old car. The old hose allows the caliper to be forced closed, but it releases very slowly, causing the pads to drag on the rotors. The calipers should always be rebuilt or replaced when the rotors are replaced. The two rubber seals on each piston are very inexpensive, so a high cost is due to the price of the labor, not the parts. The hose may be $10, the rebuilt calipers, $50.
For the cost of some tire shop labor fees, you may be able to buy every moving part in your front suspension and install them yourself. Amazon/eBay/Detroit axle had almost every part for my KIA, and I needed every one too. My Amanti looks and drives like a new car, but at a significant cost in time and parts. Please follow up with your blog to tell us what solutions you found.
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