My front ones have actual crack in the disks. They have been this way for a while with no adverse affects to braking. I should replace them, but just have not gotten around to it. The crack is threw one side of the disk, but is completely flush when I run my finger over it, so the pads do not bind on it at all. No binding or pull when braking either. This is not a heat checking type thing, but a crack from center of disk to edge. I understand this is not at all uncommon. My thinking is that many folks never even check thier brakes until they sqeal or chirp. If these cracks are fairly common, and lots of folk do not inspect the disks often, we would be hearing about a lot of people having accidents or hard pulling to the side when braking. Since this is not the case, it probably is not a very real safety issue. There is no doubt it should be replaced, but it is not like you will go careening off the road due to it - now if the whole thickness of the disk would split in half, then it would be a big problem, but these disk are made with an inside and an outside friction surface with intermmittant air spaces, so the possibility of a full thickness crack ( one that actually splits the whole disk) is low. If you are worried about heat checking, then just go ahead and drive on- you will not be at any safety risk. As long as no grooving due to wear, why bother turning them? Of course the shop will advise replacement, but we don't have a money tree in our back yards.