Are Your Rotors About to Fail?

Rotors are an essential component in your vehicle’s braking system. When you press your foot against the brake pedal, the brake pads press against the rotors (also called the brake discs) to stop the wheels. Even if you’ve just had your brake pads replaced, your car won’t be able to stop properly if the rotors fail. This is why it’s critically important to know how to recognize the signs of failing rotors. If you do notice these signs, bring your car into the shop right away.

Screeching Sound

The easiest way to tell if your braking system needs attention is if you hear a high-pitched screeching sound when you press your foot against the brake pedal. If you hear this and you’re puzzled because your brake pads are relatively new, the problem is likely your brake rotors. Alternatively, you might hear a scraping sound. These sounds are due to the gradual warping and deformity of worn-out rotors.

Unusual Vibrations

Every driver gets accustomed to the typical sounds, performance, and handling of their vehicles. If you notice anything unusual, such as weird vibrations, it’s time to get your car checked out. Worn-out rotors that have begun to develop deformities can cause this unusual vibration when you press the brake pedal.

Impaired Braking Performance

Have you noticed that you need to begin pressing the brake pedal sooner than usual to stop at a red light or stop sign? This occurs because damaged, worn-out rotors can’t properly interact with the brake pads. In other words, they won’t be able to stop the wheels effectively. It’s important not to let this problem go unaddressed. Not only could it result in a serious wreck, but bad rotors can prematurely wear out brake pads as well.

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