Do I need to have new rotors cut?
My Taurus has stops fine but never a good quick stop.
If your rotors are flat and not scored, (assuming they have enough meat
on them to meet minimum thickness), i would not have them turned.
It would cost about 1/2 as much as new Chinese rotors.
New ones should be good out of the box to use.
What i do do is take a file and file down the ridge that gets built up on
the outside edge of the rotors on both the front and back if needed.
I also clean all the crud out of the vent holes between the faces.
Run you clean fingers across them and feel for imperfections on the
surface. If they are scored, i would just buy new aftermarket units.
Or get lucky at the upull yard and find some virtually new rotors for
$10 or so each. (I have done that before). I have found new brake
pads/shoes in the back seats or trunks in cars at the Upull yards.
I got the shoes on my 97 this way.
Also, make sure you rear brakes are working and NOT stuck or jammed.
Its easy to overlook this. On my 97, i had one side of a wheel cylinder
stuck solid in its bore. My 98 had a stuck rear caliper. even though
the front brakes do most of the work, having the rear brakes not up
to par will make it appear your brakes are not as good as they should be.