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Hello. I have an 09 Forester Premium. I just had to have the rotors turned at 19,000 miles! This sounds a bit early, you think? There was a pulsating upon braking and alas the mechanic found they were warped.
 

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Pulsating brakes doesn't necessarily mean they are warped. I actually had really bad runout on my original rotors somewhere around 15,000 miles, but wasn't experiencing the pulsation. I really don't know what it was. During the first year, it was mostly my wife's car until my old car got wrecked. I replaced the rotors with Brembos and bedded them in properly, and now I have 90,000 miles on the car on the second set of rotors.
 

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Uneven brake pad deposits. Smooth braking action and proper bedding will help extend the time to which it happens. Additionally, regular brakes maintenance (just a good old sanding of the rotors and pads, and the reappliation of brake grease [after cleaning everything well first]) will help prolong the period as well. You will notice that the rotors will start looking like a section of a tree trunk, with different thickness lines at different radii.
 

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Can the rotors get warped if you did alot of winter driving in the snow and let the snow get caked up inside the wheel? I heard somewhere that can cause a little warping especially if you dont get all the snow out while it is still hot and it cools down with the snow/ice and then freezes over night.
 

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According to 09 manual, wear items such as brakes and clutches are covered for 3 yrs. or 36000 miles. My rear rotors are shot after only 10,000 miles!(deep gouges in both) Dealer 420 miles away so trying to weigh my options on getting them replaced under warranty.
 
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