When you need brake rotor replacement, trust the experienced technicians at Fremont Foreign Auto to treat your car like it was their own. Your brakes are the car’s first defense system for preventing accidents. A fully functioning brake system is crucial to ensuring the safety of yourself and others on the road.
Brake pads get a lot of attention. After all, they squeal loudly and need replacement more often than rotors, but a bad rotor means your brakes aren’t working as well as they should. All that extra heat, friction, and dust can damage the brake system. The rotors are a vital part of the brake system, as your brake pads grip them to create the friction which slows your car.
They are meant to wear out slowly. While rotors can often be resurfaced instead of replaced, please remember that it will make your rotors heat up faster, which wears brake pads more quickly. Read on for six signs it’s time to replace your brake rotors.
- Vibration in the steering wheel or brake pedal
Does pressing your brake pedal make your car shake like you’re driving over tiny speed bumps? If so, it’s time to replace those rotors because they are likely warped. Brake pads can’t grip a warped rotor consistently, which leads to a pulsing sensation.
- Grinding noises while braking
You may hear a grinding sound when pressing your brake pedal. This likely means your brake pads and rotors need replacing. If you only replace the pads, they will wear quickly and unevenly as the worn rotor chews them to pieces.
- Surface cracks on the rotor
You need to schedule a replacement if you notice any surface cracks extending to the rotor’s inner or outer edge. The crack means your rotor has reached the end of its service and must be replaced. It is no longer an effective or safe part.
- Rotor surface damaged/grooved
After removing the tire, you may see grooves, scoring, or other damage to the brake rotor surface. These marks are a tell-tale sign of damage. When the rotor itself becomes damaged, you need to see a professional to determine if your rotors need replaced or merely resurfaced.
- Pulling to one side
Hitting the brakes should never make your car pull to one side. However, if you have warped rotors, the car will pull to one side and must be replaced or resurfaced as soon as possible.
- Blue rotors
If you notice a blue tinge to your brake rotors, it’s time to replace them. They should never be blue. Excessive heat and prolonged friction cause the color change. Blue rotors are a sign something is not working properly in your brake system. Bring your car to us, and we will get it checked out so you can drive safely.
Regular inspections and service to your brake system, including pads and rotors, is vital to keeping your car running at its best. At Fremont Foreign Auto, we have expertly trained technicians standing by to deal with every facet of your brake system. We are a Diamond Certified repair shop, and you’ll be glad you chose us.