When your brake rotors are working properly, they spin on the hub of the wheels as they turn, which provides a smooth surface for your brake pads to grab when braking.
If not replaced in a timely manner, brake rotors can warp and become worn down, causing damage down the road and making your braking system less effective. And we figure you already know why it's important to be able to press the brakes and have your car... STOP!
Brake noise – A squeaking or squealing sound while braking can indicate warped or worn rotors. Warped rotors tend to squeak while severely worn rotors will produce a grinding sound. Consult your local Brakes Plus to diagnose whether these sounds are originating from your rotors, pads, or both.
Bad vibes – If you feel vibration in your brake pedal or steering wheel when braking, this could be a clue that your rotors are no longer providing a smooth surface for your brake pads to make contact with.
Visual indicators – Some cars may require you to remove the wheel to see the rotor (we can help!), while others with open spokes allow you to peek at the rotor without removing the wheel. Grooves, imperfections, or a bluish color (caused by heat damage) are hints of worn rotors.
As with many questions – it depends! Brake rotors can wear out after as little as 30,000 miles or can last up to 70,000 miles.
Your driving habits and environment affect the life of both your brake pads and rotors. Stop-and-go city traffic causes more than headaches – it wears on your brakes as well. Your vehicle's weight and the quality of the parts used in your braking system also play a part in the longevity of your rotors.
The experts at Brakes Plus can inspect your rotors and let you know whether it's time to have them replaced. When the time comes, we'll use only quality parts to ensure you have a safe and smooth experience on the road.
Set a time that's convenient for you and we'll be ready... though if you have worn rotors, we might hear you coming anyway!