If you take care of your brake rotors, they can last much longer than brake pads. But how would you tell when it's time to replace your rotors?
When Do You Need a Brake Rotor Replacement?
Vibration in The Brake Pedal and Steering Wheel (Brake Pulsation)
If your vehicle vibrates whenever you brake, it might be a sign to change your brake rotors. Such a situation occurs because of built-up brake pad deposits. The deposits are usually brake pad material that accumulates on the surface of your brake rotors and develops uneven spots.
These brake pad deposits arise because of several factors. These may include a brake system subject to extreme heat, uneven clamping because of seized brake pistons, and incorrectly fitted pads.
Loud Grinding Noises When Braking
If you hear grinding noises whenever you're applying the brakes, there's a high likelihood that your brakes are corroded. If your car's brake system parts deteriorate, they'll grind against each other – making those heavily metallic brake noises.
The most prudent way to prevent such noises is always to pay attention to your vehicle's brake wear indicator. It will tell you when to change your worn brake pads. Alternatively, you can check if an old rotor requires replacing when installing a new brake pad set.
Grooved or Damaged Brake Rotor
Grooves or extensive damage on your brake rotor means you should replace them with a new rotor set.
Worn-out brake pads cause the rotors and metal backing plate to come into contact, which damages the rotor surface. It would also help to look for rust and road debris that can ruin your brake rotors.
Even if only a single rotor is damaged, consider changing out all the brake rotors and brake pads to have an even braking experience.
How to Get a Brake Rotor Replacement
It would be prudent not to take a DIY approach with brake replacement. It's a complicated process that demands specialized equipment. Consider taking your vehicle to a licensed technician so they may inspect and change your brake rotors if necessary. If you need brake rotor replacement, we invite you to bring your car into our auto repair shop today.